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Fall 2021 Graduate Assistant Orientation (GA Day) / Annual Psych Sciences Grad Student Meeting

Materials from GA Day held on August 27, 2021 are posted below:

New Student Resource Guide (created by Samantha Lacey, I/O Graduate Student)

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Getting an ID Card:

The Husky One Card is the name for the campus ID card. Students can put money on the card for copying at the library or buying food on campus. Students should go to the One Card Office in the Wilbur Cross building, 2nd floor. Driver’s license or some for of official identification is required to be issued a card. For questions about the Husky One Card, call 860-486-3129 or visit their website at

Parking Permit:

There are three parking options for UConn students. The first is S- or Y-Lot, which are the commuter lots about 5 minutes away from Bousfield. In order to get a spot in S-lot or Y-lot, students must arrive in the morning by 9:00AM. A second option is to park in the South Parking Garage, which is also about 5 minutes away. South Parking Garage almost always has parking spots available, but this can be a more expensive option for students. The final option available is to get a free GA/TA parking spot that will allow you to park in lots designated for GA/TA’s. These lots are further from Bousfield, however there are buses that provide transportation. Students can get more information by contacting Parking Services at 806-486-4930 or visiting their website at

Getting the necessary keys for Bousfield:

Student ID cards (Husky One cards) are used for many things, including proximity access to some buildings and rooms within the Psychology Department. In order to configure your card for access to Psych building areas, the IT staff need the number located on the back of the card.  It is recommended that you obtain your ID card as soon as possible once you arrive on campus (see link below for office locations/hours). Once you get your new ID card, please email your full name and proximity number and smartcard number to the PSYC IT staff so they can grant you building access (

While some of the rooms in Bousfield have proximity access, many still require keys.  Students with Teaching Assistant (TA) assignments will have access to TA office space (shared with one or two other TAs) for the semester. Keys to TA cubicles will likely be handed out at the Annual Graduate Student Orientation Meeting.  Access to labs and other divisional office space must be requested by your advisor / lab supervisor. All requests are processed by the front office. Once the request has been submitted and processed, keys will be available from the front office (BOUS 106).

Financial Aid & Bursar:

Any questions regarding tuition, scholarships, loans, or other financial requests can be directed to the Financial Aid & Bursar Offices. Students should keep copies of all documentation regarding scholarship checks, award notification, loan paperwork, etc. Students who receive scholarship or loan money will need to visit the Bursar office to receive the money. Semester fees will approximate $900 (not covered by your tuition waiver), so students will be given the remainder of any loan money after deducting these fees. Students will not be able to obtain loan money until at least the first day of classes, so make sure to adjust finances accordingly. For more information, visit each office’s website: &

GA Health Insurance:

All graduate assistants are eligible to participate in UConn’s Graduate Assistant Student Health and Dental Insurance Plans. All students at UConn are required to be covered under a health insurance plan; as a part of that requirement, all GA’s will be automatically enrolled in the GA health insurance. If you already have a plan you may opt out of the UConn provided plan by completing a waiver. Details of the plans, including coverage and costs, as well as information on enrollment forms (for dental or dependents) and waivers can be found on the following webpage:

GA Tuition and Fee Payments:

Graduate Assistants receive a waiver of tuition only; GA’s are responsible for paying university fees at the full-time rate. Although the tuition will be waived for GA’s, the tuition waiver is not applied until your GA and payroll paperwork has been processed.

Purchase textbooks for your classes:

After arriving to campus and completing course registration, it is important to purchase all textbooks and required course materials. Course textbooks and materials can be purchased at the UConn Bookstore or on the UConn Bookstore website. Students should plan ahead and get all course materials as soon as possible.

Computer Lab (BOUS 190C):

All graduate students are given access to a computer lab in Boufield that has PCs, Macs and printers. It’s a useful area for printing out articles and doing homework. Student’s must use your Husky One Card to get into the lab.

Attend necessary orientations:

Students will receive information regarding mandatory orientation meetings in their offer letter and via email. All students are required to attend GA and TA orientation. International students are required to attend an international student orientation. Students will receive their TA and GA assignments at these orientations. All orientations are mandatory, so plan accordingly.

International students will receive information regarding their mandatory orientations.

Division Meetings:

Different divisions/programs may hold their own orientation meetings. Each division head or a student representative will send students information on any divisional meetings.

PsychOne Server:

The PsychOne Server allows students to keep documents on the network in a personal file, so that students can access them on their own personal computer. Student’s computers must be hooked up to the network for the connection to work (BOUS 190C or in CHIP).

Participant Pool:

As experimenters, students may be posting experimental sessions on the Participant Pool website in order to run participants in your studies. After the Participant Pool Meeting at the beginning of the semester, students can obtain an experimenter ID. The Participant Pool website is available through the link on the Psychology Department website or here.


This system allows you to register for classes, check your final grades, access unofficial transcripts, and much more. Students will be sent a Peoplesoft ID# in a letter during the summer. The Peoplesoft website can be accessed here. Students should log in using their Net ID and password.


Psychological Sciences Graduate Student Handbook 2021


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