Local Highlights and Events

“[If the bill passed], tuition coverage from the university would count as tax cost,” said Landon Elkind, financial officer of UE Local 896/COGS. “If it does count, students would need to pay more taxes.”

Normally, graduate students who work for a university receive a stipend to cover their living expenses and a tuition waiver or scholarship from the university.

A letter from COGS, the Graduate and Professional Student Government, and the UI Graduate Student Senate said, “This reform means that a typical graduate student at the University of Iowa could, on a stipend of about $19,000, be responsible for nearly $30,000 in taxable income.”

Legal Assistance for individuals affected by changes to DACA

Message from Prof. Bram T.B. Elias, UI College of Law Clinical Program:

"My students in the University of Iowa Law Clinic's immigration practice area are extremely motivated to provide assistance to individuals affected by any changes to the DACA program, and would like to provide consultations, referrals, and (in appropriate circumstances) direct representation to any U of I students with DACA status who seek advice or information about how they might be personally affected by any new presidential policy with regard to DACA. [...]

Our (the Clinic's) phone number is 319-335-9023 and our email is law-legal-clinic@uiowa.edu."

Highlights and events from around the academic world

Op-ed in the Washington Post on the 'grad student tax':

"What I am is a geophysicist and a leader in the graduate employees’ union on my campus. And in both of these capacities, I’ve seen how the Yale administration benefits from pretending that we’re students liable for tuition, rather than employees creating value for the institution and our fields of knowledge.

Like grants, tuition is another way the university makes money from science. While tuition looks mainly like an artifact of accounting for most graduate students in the humanities and social sciences (where the university just pays itself for tuition), in the natural and applied sciences, tuition is a way for the university administration to get more money out of the public. As the university bulletin explains, “for a standard [research assistant] appointment in addition to the salary, the grant pays half of the tuition.” In other words, the government — through the National Science Foundation, NIH, NASA and other agencies — is transferring $20,500 per year per research assistant into Yale’s accounts, at a time when the university endowment is at an all-time high above $27 billion. This tuition transfer certainly totals in the millions every year for Yale alone, and must add up to a mind-boggling sum across the country. Again, this is money that the public pays universities for granting graduate students the privilege of working for them to create more wealth for those same universities."

The following resources from the AAUP are potentially useful to faculty concerned by recent political events:

Faculty Speech after the 2016 Election

Academe blog