You must report to your employer during the first week of classes each semester if you have already been hired into a job. In most cases, they are
relying on their student staff as soon as the College opens and are not required to hold your job for you if you do not contact them within one week
of your arrival back on campus. You should arrange your schedule with your employer as soon as possible. You are expected to appear punctually
and as scheduled for your job, present a neat appearance and work efficiently and cooperatively. You are expected to use office equipment such
as the phone and computers for work purposes only and not personal business.
When illness or emergency prevents you from working, you must notify your supervisor well in advance of your usual reporting time. Some departments require the
the student to find her own substitute. Never just fail to show up. Doing so will put your job in jeopardy in addition to creating a hardship
for your supervisor and co-workers. Departments and professors rely upon students and value their work, and a work-study position should be treated
exactly like any other job. Students very often gain valuable experience in their work-study jobs and enjoy the responsibilities placed on them.
Future employers also view work-study jobs as valid experience and check references. Employers may warn you verbally and then in writing for failure
to follow protocol and if the problem persists, they reserve the right to then terminate.
Your supervisor should be very clear about what is expected of you in the position for which you have been hired and they should provide the
appropriate training to you. If they have not done so, please ask them for further guidance to avoid any misunderstandings about your duties and
their expectations of you. You may be asked to sign a contractual agreement form and/or a statement of confidentiality. Confidentiality is a serious
issue at the College and student employees should not read confidential materials or documents and, if they find themselves exposed to confidential
information, the information should not leave the department in which the student works. Misuse of information can result in immediate termination
and referral to the Judicial Board.
If you have any questions about your job do not hesitate to clarify matters right away before an issue has a chance to become a problem. If possible,
such issues should be handled immediately between the student and her supervisor before they snowball into a larger problem. Students should feel
free to request advice or seek the assistance of the Student Employment Coordinator about any work-study matter. This also extends to any issues regarding
payroll timesheets. If your supervisor fails to approve your timesheet on schedule and you miss a payroll please do not hesitate to bring the matter up
either with them or the Payroll Office. By law, students must be paid within 2 weeks of performing their duties.
Student assistance is very important to the operation of nearly all areas of the College and the work experience students gain can be invaluable
as well. Reliability, promptness, and a strong sense of responsibility and discretion are highly valued qualities in a student assistant. You should
take your job as seriously as you plan to take jobs in the future. Your position, whether it is on or off campus, should be approached with the same
respect and responsibility as any professional position you might hold after graduation. Your performance at work will reflect on your record and,
like your education, be valuable for future employment. Work-study jobs prove to be worthwhile experience, as they are useful in demonstrating
career level qualities such as honesty, diligence, ambition, time-management and communications skills. Post-graduate employers considering the
application of a Smith graduate consistently contact the Student Employment Coordinator regarding employment records. They recognize that students
acquire skills working in college that transfer directly to their careers.
The Recognizing Excellence Awards Reception, held each April, is designed to recognize and honor the contribution that student leaders and Student
Organizations make to life at Smith. These awards are selected from submitted applications for honors in community service, programming, leadership,
student employment and social justice advocacy. There are nine awards that are presented and the Campus Center and the Student Government Association
jointly plan this event. Faculty, staff and students from across campus are brought together to serve as members of the selection committee and as
presenters. Visit the LEAP (Leaders Engaged to Achieve their Potential) website hosted by
the Campus Center to learn more about leadership opportunities at Smith.
In addition, many departments will honor their students' hard work and commitment themselves in various manners. The College
could not operate without the valuable assistance of its students and in many cases you can form lasting relationships with employers and faculty
that can positively impact your personal and professional life.
Just as employers will recognize good work, they will also note shortcomings and failures. Students are required to call if unable to make a scheduled
shift. Students will not abuse any privileges within the department (such as phone access, computer access, etc.), and students will take their
responsibility and commitment to the job seriously. Employment may be terminated if a student fails to meet these expectations once discussion of the
situation and notice of impending termination (both verbal and written) have failed to result in performance improvement. Serious infractions will
be reported to the Dean of the College and possibly referred to the Judicial Board under the Honor Code.
Your job satisfaction is equally important. Students are also strongly encouraged to quickly work out a solution to any unhappy job situation. The Student Employment Coordinator is available for
discussion, advice and intervention if necessary. Do not allow a situation to deteriorate before seeking assistance. The Student Employment Office
is there for the support of the student as well as the employer. Your options include seeing the Student Employment Coordinator in person during
Open Hours or contact via phone, letter, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Employment/Payroll Violations
A student may be terminated immediately in cases of:
* Falsifying a timeseet
* Breach of confidentiality
* Physical or sexual abuse
Who Is Eligible
Employment & the Financial Aid Package
Guidelines for Non-Aid Students
On The Job Expectations
Finding A Job
America Reads/America Counts Tutoring Program
Off-Campus Work-Study Program
Other Types of Jobs
Work-Study for First Year Students
Work-Study for Transfer Students
Work-Study for New Ada Comstock Students
CDO Help With Resume Writing
Contact Student Employment