FAQs for TORS
Graduate Student Teachers-of-Record (TORs)
Graduate students throughout programs at Baylor University, both at the master's and doctoral level, have the opportunity to teach undergraduate classes. Evidence shows that this is beneficial to graduate students, preparing them for future jobs in the academy--possibly even speeding their time to degree while reducing their waiting time on the job market. The Baylor University Graduate School works hard to support graduate student TORs.
To help us in this process, we encourage Graduate Program Directors and their Administrative Assistants to complete the TOR reporting within the Graduate Student Benefits Database as soon as possible each semester so that the Graduate School can properly connect TORs to training and benefits.
1). Teacher of Record Training (TORT): All Teachers-of-Record at Baylor University must receive training appropriate to their role. This training is primarily focused on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and related concerns. Graduate Programs should alert the Graduate School of all first time TORs (through the Graduate Student Benefits Database) so that we can enroll them in the Canvas TOR training. All TORs must complete this training, and the Graduate School will monitor student participation and alert GPDs of non-compliant students.
2). Title IX training: All Teachers-of-Record at Baylor University must complete Title IX training. The Graduate School sends a list of all TORs (taken from the Graduate Student Benefits Database) to HR, who will then enroll TORs in the Title IX training.
3). Parking Benefits: Graduate student TORs teaching 6 credit hours over a 12-month period are eligible for subsidized parking through the Graduate School. Some RA1s are also eligible. The Graduate School sends a list of all qualifying TORs (updated in the Graduate Student Benefits Database) to Parking, as well as eligible RA1s who have been updated in the Graduate Student Benefits Database, at the beginning of each semester. Graduate students simply register their card through the Department of Public Safety website, and those qualifying for the subsidy will receive the reduced parking price on their bill.
4). The Graduate School through our GPS workshops and through our partnership with ATL provides several workshops and education opportunities for graduate student teachers.