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Student employment should not interfere with students’ educational goals. Students are not permitted to work during their scheduled classes or examinations.  It is recommended that students not work more than 20 hours per week when classes are in session. A normal work week is 10 to 20 hours per week. Students are permitted to work multiple jobs, but the total number of hours from all jobs should not exceed these limits.


International students may not work more than 20 hours per week during Fall, Winter and Spring terms when classes are in session.  International students may not work more than 40 hours per week when classes are not in session during Fall, Winter and Spring terms.  International students can work up to 40 hours per week during the Summer term.


All other students are encouraged not to work more than 20 hours per week when classes are in session and not more than 40 hours per week during breaks when classes are not in session.


Student jobs are non-exempt under state and federal wage hour laws, which means student employees are eligible to earn overtime for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek (Sunday through Saturday).  Overtime must be approved by the student employee’s supervisor prior to the hours being worked. Overtime is paid at one and one-half (1 ½) a student employee’s hourly wage rate.  All hours worked up to 40 in a workweek are paid at the student’s regular hourly rate.  Federal Work-Study funds can never be utilized to pay overtime.

 

Meal and Work Breaks are computed on the following basis:
(a) Paid fifteen (15) minute breaks for every four (4) hours straight time, to be taken in the middle of the work period.
(b) Student employees cannot work more than six (6) consecutive hours without an unpaid meal break.
(c) Student employees taking a meal break during the work shift must sign/ check out during the meal break.