On the Job

Taking a job is a commitment. As a member of a working unit that depends on you, you are expected to:

  • Establish a work schedule that does not interfere with your class schedule.
  • Notify your supervisor in advance of any changes to your work schedule or other commitments that will affect work availability.
    • Give at least 24 hour advance notice when unable to work a scheduled shift.
  • Take the job seriously and perform at the highest level of your ability.
  • Treat your supervisor and fellow employees with respect.
  • Dress appropriately for the job location — some work sites have dress codes.
    • Practice good personal hygiene. Be sure to shower or bathe regularly, use deodorant, brush teeth, etc.
  • Report to work on time. Notify your supervisor in advance of any possible delays.
  • Not conduct personal business on the job.
  • Refrain from using cell phones and personal laptops or tablets while on the job.
  • Take an unpaid half-hour break if working more than six consecutive hours.
  • Hourly Paid students only: Accurately report the hours you work. Falsifying your timesheet is a federal offense. Follow the Timesheet Submission Instructions.
  • Complete an evaluation on your work experience.

If you work on a Boston University campus:

Additionally, if you are a Work-Study student:

  • Monitor your Work-Study award balance in the Work section of the Student Link, under Work-Study Award Information, Employee Time Entry, or View Salary Statement.
  • Notify your supervisor of any changes in your Work-Study award.

      Additionally, if you work in an Off-Campus Work-Study position:

      • Submit timesheets weekly following Payroll Procedures provided to yourself and your agency.
      • Report any workplace accidents or injuries to your supervisor, agency, and the Off-Campus Payroll Coordinator immediately.

      Tip: When you complete a task, don’t assume there’s nothing else to do. Take the initiative and ask.

      Various supervisor responsibilities are outlined to clarify what student employees can expect from their supervisors.

      Policies, Acts, and Procedures