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This varies by institution. At mine, if work like this comes up after your contract, you're entitled to an hourly rate while doing the work, and you could refuse if you really wanted to. In practice, no one bothers getting the hourly rate for one or two papers, but for the really large courses you do get a sizeable stack of late papers/exams and it's normal to ask for and get the extra money. I imagine if someone refused the extra work it would default to the chair, or someone random would need to get hired for it.

Maybe I'm overly influenced by the place where I have experience working, but I'm skeptical of "I imagine ... they are nevertheless considered by the institution to fall under the terms of your contract". If the contract is to work from Day X to Day Y, and business arises post Day-Y, how could the business possibly be covered by the contract? The details of this probably depend on the specific wording of the contract and also local employment law.

To respond directly to the OP, yep, whenever you're getting asked to do unpaid work it's exploitative. And the person ultimately at fault for putting the students in this situation is the person who gave you a temporary contract, not you. But how to respond to all this depends on a lot more than just the minor exploitation.

SLAC Associate

Especially if one's contact isn't renewed for the following term, I'd raise the issue with the department chair and let them that they will have to figure out how to deal with that student's accommodations after your contract has expired. The adjunct can't be sensibly expected to continue grading work after they're no longer being paid by the institution -- hell, it's not all that unusual for adjuncts to no longer have email access or login priveleges after their contract is up, so in such cases it'd be functionally impossible for them to continue communicating with the student and entering their completed grades.

Former VAP

I worked a few one-year VAP's. In cases where the student had to take an incomplete in the Spring semester, I just informed the Chair of the student's name, the grades on their assignment so far, the relative weight of the assignments, and what the student needed to complete. Nobody ever expected me to do the work of grading, if the paper came in after my contract term. Furthermore, my email address was soon deleted after my contract term anyways, so I don't even know how the student would have gotten in contact with me.

Canada, Why

I was wondering: since it legal in Canada to discriminate against non-Canadians, should American departments be allowed to discriminate against Canadian applicants?

Why Canada

Canada, Why: you might be unaware of this:

But also: there is a certain amount of flexibility in how the law is interpreted. Consequently, the more research-y and the more pressure the University in Canada has to have a strong international reputation, the less likely they’ll worry about whether the applicant is Canadian.


Canada, Why
The same sorts of restrictive laws that privilege Canadians for Canadian jobs exist in the USA, and privilege US citizens. I know this, I was a Canadian working in the USA. I had to be so much better than my US competitors to get the job I got. In fact, they first offered the job to a US citizen who was ABD; I already had numerous publications, including two in Phil. Sci.


As a Canadian who has lost out Canadian jobs to Americans, let me tell you that I wish this law was enforced, but it isn't really.

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