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10-hour rule

As a member university of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies, the university is committed to ensuring that full-time graduate students work no more than an average of 10 hours per week on campus. This 10-hour rule is in place to ensure that full-time students are in a position to devote their time and energy to the requirements of their program of studies and research.

According to section of the Graduate Academic Calendar, to be considered a full-time graduate student, that student must meet the following criteria:

"If employed by the university, work no more than an average of 10 hours per week at diversionary employment while they are registered as a full-time student. Diversionary employment is work that takes a student's time away from his or her program of study and research. For example, teaching assistant positions are diversionary employment while most graduate research assistantships are not, if they directly support students in their programs of study and research. In calculating this diversionary work average it is recognized that employment opportunities for full-time students may fluctuate throughout the year. Students have a diversionary work allocation of 510 hours in any 12-month period and no more than 255 in any of each of three terms: fall (September to December), winter (January to April) and spring/summer (May to August)."