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:
- Comply with the Boston University Policy on Computing Ethics when using the University’s computing facilities.
- Maintain confidentiality under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. All students working on campus must sign a confidentiality agreement stored with the department of hire. Students may be asked to sign this form with separate departments of work.
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
- Sexual Harrassment Policy
- Student Work Hours Policy
- Reasonable Accommodations Policy
- Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
- Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
- Student Employee Accident Procedure
- Massachusetts PFML Rights Notice for Graduate Students
- Massachusetts PFML Rights Notice for Undergraduate Students