Below are some scenarios related to student employment policy on campus that may be helpful for both student employees and administrator supervisors in training and refreshing two of the more commonly reference student employment policies. All scenarios take place during the non-Break periods of the Fall or Spring semester employment periods when the more restrictive policies apply due to student full-time enrollment in coursework.
These are actual scenarios played out below by two F&M students and friends, Good George and Bad Ben.
George works in one College Funded Job on campus, where he has worked since September. George works 8 hours per week usually. One week, he works 10 hours, at request of the department. Good or Bad? Good: George is able to do this because he has no other job on campus, and he has not violated the 10 hours per week policy in place for College Funded Jobs.
Ben works steadily in one College Funded Job at 10 hours per week. After October 1, he aqcuired a second College Funded Job for 5 hous per week. In the first week of his employment in his second College Funded Job, Ben worked his full 5 hours while also working his full 10 hours in his first attained College Funded Job. Good or Bad? Bad: While Ben did the correct thing by waiting until October 1 before obtaining his second job on campus, he was wrong because he then worked 15 hours in one week between both of his College Funded Jobs. He has violated the policy of working no more than 10 hours per week across all College Funded Jobs. In this scenario, it was Ben's responsibility to have stayed within 10 hours for the week between both Job 1 and Job 2. He failed to do this and consequences to his employment will likely be incurred upon him from each respective department.
George works in a Department Funded Job on campus where he is paid above standard $7.25/hour wage at $8.50/hour. He works on average about 18 hours per week. This is George's only job on campus during the academic semester. Good or Bad? Good: George is working above 10 hours per week, but he is being paid entirely from a Department Funded Job. Because he is being paid from a department's own private funds, they are able to pay him above standard wage, and he is able to work up to 20 hours per week because he is in a Department Funded Job.
In November, Ben finds out about George's Department Funded Job, and he decides to apply for one as well. He is hired for the same Department Funded Job as George at the same higher wage, and he proceeds to work 15 hours per week in this Department Funded Job. Ben also has a College Funded Job where he works 8-10 hours per week, and he has no intent of giving that job up to take this new job. Ben intends to work fewer than 5 hours per week in his College Funded Job and no more than 15 hours per week in his new Department Funded Job. However, the week after Ben returns from Thanksgiving break, he attempts to work 10 hours in his College Funded Job and his full 15 hours in his Department Funded Job. Good or Bad? Bad: While Ben's intentions were correct in originally wanting to balance his total hours per week of 20 hours between the College Funded Job and the Department Funded Job, with no more than 10 hours per week being worked in the College Funded Job, he was way out of policy to try to work 10 hours per week in the College Funded Job plus 15 hours in the Department Funded Job (25 hours total). In this scenario, if Ben's College Funded Job needed him to work a full 10 hours in that week, he would have needed to decrease his Department Funded Job hours from 15 to 10. This would have made it possible for him to do both and maximize his hours that week at 20 hours, with no more than 10 hours worked in his College Funded Job.
George is a House Advisor (HA) in Bonchek House. On September 10, he is told about a College Funded Job on campus. He applies for the job, and is hired. He begins working in his new College Funded Job for up to 10 hours per week, and he continues to work as a House Advisor in the same hours as he had prior to being hired in his new College Funded Job. Good or Bad? Good: George is a House Advisor (HA), so he is allowed to work up to 10 hours per week in a non-HA related job on campus, at any time of the year. In this scenario, that other non-HA job is a College Funded Job, but it could also have been a Department Funded Job as well. Also, as an HA, George is able to obtain one (and only one) other job on campus prior to October 1. To play this scenario out further, George could, post October 1, obtain a second non-HA related job on campus. Because he is an HA, the total hours of both the first and the second non-HA related jobs (College Funded or Department Funded), presuming he works in both during the same week that is he is still "HAing," may NOT exceed 10 hours per week.
Over the Winter Break, Ben tells George that he failed to maximize his full potential earnings on campus this past Fall semester employment period. Ben informs George that as an HA with two additional non-HA related jobs that George is able to work in both of the non-HA related jobs up to 10 hours in each job, 20 hours total, plus his HA duties. Good or Bad? Bad: While Ben may have good intentions to maximize his friend's, George's, earning potential, his guidance is poor and inaccurate. George, who fortunately knows student employment policy cold, informs Ben that he is already indeed maximizing his two non-HA related jobs, according to student employment policy, by working 10 hours per week in both while working his HA related duties.
George is a first-year student and is, of course, not a House Advisor (HA). He is offered a placement job by the Student Employment Group (SEG) over the Summer, which he pursues before arriving to campus for Move In Day. By mid-September, George is offered a second job on campus. He accepts the second job, and before beginning in to work in that second job, he informs the first job supervisor at his placement job that he wishes to take the second job. Good or Bad? Good: George was offered a placement lead to pursue a job once he arrived on campus, as he is a first-year, entering student this Fall semester. He was not required to pursue that placement in this first place, but he did, and he earned the job. He did the correct thing by being transparent with the first job after obtaining the second job. More pertinent to policy, because it is prior to October 1, he was correct by not beginning the first job until officially ending his employment in the first job. Had this scenario played out post October 1, George could have kept both jobs, of course, provided that he stayed within the bounds of the Weekly Hours Test.
Ben is a sophomore. In July, he is informed by one of the academic departments that he was selected as a research scholar for the Fall and Spring semesters. The job will be a Department Funded Job. Ben is reminded by the Academic Coordinator in the department that until October 1 he will not be able to accept another position on campus it if he wishes to accept this research position. As Ben was already lined up to return to a College Funded Job where he worked this past Fall and Spring semesters, he chooses to not accept the wise direction of the Academic Coordinator and continue to keep both offers on the table. The semester begins, and Ben begins to work in both the research oriented Department Funded Job for 10 hours and his prior worked College Funded Job for 10 hours. Good or Bad? Bad: While Ben may not have wanted to let either department down, he appeared to be deceptive and outside of the line of policy by keeping both jobs heading in to the beginning of the Fall semester employment period and violating the October 1 Single Job Policy. Fortunately, after working a few days in both jobs and under the radar, Ben confessed to his wrongdoing and relinquished his College Funded Job; which was subsequently and quickly filled by another student on campus who had not yet obtained a job.