Off-campus work-study positions are open only to students with federal work-study in their financial aid award. Check the award for the amount and type of award granted.
Students with campus employment as their work-study award, international students and graduate students are not eligible for off-campus work-study.
The Massachusetts minimum wage rate rose to $15.00 per hour as of January 1, 2023. Therefore, the base pay rate for students is now $15.00 for on campus jobs and $15.50 for off-campus work study.
Smith pays 90 percent of the student's earnings. The agency is responsible for 10 percent plus FICA and Workers Compensation. Smith acts as paymaster during the academic year and will bill your agency in June.
Students may not work more than nine hours per week.
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All students must have federal work-study, have been hired on Workday, and have completed all required documents before working.
Students must always be hired in JobX. When you hire a student, you must both meet to sign the contract below. Return the contract to us immediately upon hiring. Your student may not work until we have received the contract and she has been hired on JobX. Students must be hired yearly and Contracts must be submitted every academic year and are not automatically renewed.
In accordance with federal regulations and Smith College agreement, the college acts as paymaster, keeps all records and issues W-2 forms.
During the academic year you will be logging in biweekly to approve your student worker's timesheet.
By law, employees must be paid within one month of performing their duties. Please ensure that your student worker has submitted her timesheet to you for every pay period she works.
All timesheets are approved in Workday by following this job aid.
Payroll is biweekly. Missing a payroll means the student will go without a paycheck for two more weeks.
Contact ITS User Support, at 413-585-4487.
If a student ceases working before originally planned, you must terminate their employment online as of their last day of work. Students will be not be able to get another job until this has been done.
If assistance is needed in dealing with a student concerning job-related problems, please contact us.
If a student's job performance is unsatisfactory, you must first discuss the situation with them. You must make an effort to assist the student in improving their performance by clearly communicating expectations. A verbal warning is appropriate at this point.
If the situation does not improve, employers must describe, in writing, problems with the student's job performance and maintain written records.
Termination & Dismissal
Employers are not obligated to retain a student if they do not meet the standards set upon employment or if they abuse any privileges; however, it is important to allow them to improve once they have been informed of any concerns with job performance.
A student may be terminated immediately in cases of:
- falsifying a timesheet
- breach of confidentiality
- physical or sexual abuse
If a student is terminated, a copy of the termination letter must be sent to the student employment coordinator.
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 they build career-level qualities such as honesty, diligence, ambition, time management and communication skills.
Letter of Recommendation
Students will ask you for letters of recommendation for their files at the Smith College Lazarus Center for Career Development, so your honest feedback is important and valued. In addition, the Student Employment Office frequently receives requests from companies asking for employment backgrounds of Smith graduates under consideration.