Information for Student Workers & Supervisors
Learn how to find on-campus jobs as well as requirements and guidelines for both student workers and on-campus employers.
Working while being a student at SUNY Plattsburgh has many benefits. In addition to earning income, it can provide valuable experience and help you develop transferable skills for your career after college. Research has shown that employment while attending college has positive outcomes for student graduation rates and persistence in college.
Information For Students
How Do I Find Work?
SUNY Plattsburgh offers a variety of part-time on-campus jobs to provide students the opportunity to earn money while attending school. In addition to on-campus opportunities, there are also many opportunities for working part-time in the local Plattsburgh community. To view a listing of available part-time jobs, log into your Handshake account. Be sure to filter by either on-campus jobs (for on-campus opportunities) or by part-time (for opportunities in the local community).
How Do I Get Paid?
Payroll information for student employees is available on the SUNY Plattsburgh payroll office's website.
How Will I Be Successful?
SUNY Plattsburgh values its student workers. As a student, your first priority is academics, but while you are at work, you are expected to approach your job professionally and give 100%. Just like any other job, your part-time job requires a commitment.
- Be on time: You are expected to be at your job when you are scheduled to work. You are required to give your supervisor as much advanced notice as possible when you know that you are going to be absent or late. Make sure you are aware of the "call-in" procedure for your department. If you know that you are going to need any amount of time off let your supervisor know well in advance.
- Be positive: Go to work with a positive attitude. View your job as an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. Be enthusiastic about learning new tasks and taking on new responsibilities.
- Be a team player: As a student worker, you will be part of the departmental team. You will be interacting with other students and staff members. Establishing a positive rapport with those you have contact with will strengthen the team.
- Be present: "Personal business," such as making personal phone calls, doing schoolwork, and browsing the internet and social media, is distracting and unproductive while at work. Refrain from conducting personal business unless you have specific permission from your supervisor to do so.
- Dress for success: Dress appropriately for your department. Make sure that you are aware what the dress code is and what the expectation is for student workers.
- Take initiative: Check with your supervisor for other tasks that may need to be completed. If you have completed the work assigned you should not assume that there is nothing else to do.
- Communicate: Establishing and maintaining open lines of communication with your supervisor will help you to feel more comfortable at your job. It is important to convey any problems or concerns, as well as provide updates on a regular basis.
- Ask questions: Don't be afraid to ask for clarification. In most cases, your supervisor would much rather have you ask questions than do a procedure incorrectly or give someone inaccurate information.
Performance Guidelines for Student Employees
Student employees are expected to meet work performance standards established by their supervisors, their employer department, and the university. The term "work performance" include all aspects of a student employee's work.
Poor work performance can be demonstrated in a variety of ways. Depending on the particular position, examples may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Repeated tardiness or absence, absence without proper notification to the supervisor or without satisfactory reason, or unavailability for work
- Neglect of duties, loafing or wasting time during work hours
- Falsifying time sheets or other university records
- Abusing, wasting or damaging property, supplies or records belonging to the university, co-workers or students
- Creating or contributing to unhealthy or unsanitary conditions
- Violating safety rules or accepted safety policies
- Failing to cooperate with supervisors or co-workers, impairing the work unit's function, or disruptive or disorderly conduct
- Theft, dishonesty or unauthorized use of university property, including records and confidential information
- Failing to meet a reasonable and objective measure of efficiency and productivity
- Failing or refusing to follow instructions or to perform designated work
- Failing to meet deadlines and/or complete project assignments
- Not providing customer service as required under job expectations
- Inappropriate, unauthorized, or illegal use of the university's information technology resources
- Violating policies or rules of the university
On-Campus Student Employment Module
The Career Development Center has created an on-campus student employment module that is highly recommended and may be required to complete before starting your new job. New student employees will learn more about workplace expectations and skills that will assist you as you begin in your new role as a student employee. To access the module, you will need to have your supervisor activate it for you in your Moodle account which is available in your MyPlattsburgh account.
- How can I find available on-campus jobs?
- How do I apply for a job?
- On-campus jobs are posted in Handshake. Once you find a job you are interested in, be sure to follow the application instructions on the posting. Come to the Career Development Center for assistance with your resume or other application materials.
- How many hours can I work?
- You can work a maximum of 20 hours per work when classes are in session and 29 hours per week during winter break and summer vacation. The average is closer to 10 hours per week. More information is available on the payroll website.
- What is Federal Work Study?
- The most up to date information about Work Study can be found on the financial aid website.
- Can international students get an on-campus job?
- The short answer is yes. The most up-to-date information on this can be viewed on the payroll website.
- How do I get paid?
- Direct deposit is mandatory for all students. Paychecks are issued bi-weekly. Please refer to the payroll office webpage for further information.
- What forms do I need to fill out with the payroll office?
- For a complete list of the forms that are required and an explanation of each one, please visit the payroll office website. Click on the tab "Forms Required for Appointment To Payroll."
Supervisors of Student Employees
The role of supervisor is key to the management of and development of one of the college's most important resources, the student workforce. Student employees work in nearly every office and department on-campus and perform a variety of duties that are essential to SUNY Plattsburgh's success. Many college students may not have previous experience working in a professional environment, so it is imperative to provide a positive learning experience. Provide student employees a detailed orientation and training will help ensure a better work experience and increase productivity.
Information for Supervisors
Student Employee Orientation Checklist
The Student Employee Orientation Checklist is a helpful tool when on-boarding a new student employee. It is an organized way to ensure you cover topics with your new hires that may be integral to your department. It is critical to set clear expectations at the beginning of the hiring process as well as providing a welcoming environment to student employees.
Tips For Student Employee Supervisors
There are many ways that a supervisor can guide student employees to give them the best possible work experience. The supervisor's role is to train, motivate, guide and evaluate student employees. Below is a list of helpful tips:
- Expectations: Communication is key when supervising students. Take the time to explain job standards and expectations to your student employees. Providing them with information in a written document allows them to use it as a resource in the future.
- Training: Providing training on essential skills that are necessary and required will deliver better results for both the student and the employer. Engage students in identifying sensible work habits that are advantageous to the team. Explain how your department functions and some of the common operations that they will see or be part of.
- Firm But Fair: Find the balance between maintaining high expectations and standards while keeping in mind that your workers are students first and campus employees second. Having an approachable, but no-nonsense approach to working with student workers will help you to be a successful supervisor.
- Inspire A Shared Vision: Engage students in seeing the big picture and how they fit into it. Letting them know their value within your department can contribute to the team's purpose and mission.
- Build Team Spirit: By valuing the contribution of each team member you can earn their loyalty and dedication. Build on a student's strength and learn to listen to, acknowledge and celebrate their efforts and accomplishments.
- Feedback: Giving feedback can be a delicate situation but if done in a positive, constructive manner it can help to improve student productivity and gives them room to grow in their role as a student employee.
- Recognition: Recognizing students for their positive performance and contributions to your office or department will heighten their sense of value and purpose as a student employee. National Student Employee Week is the second full week of April — celebrate your student workers!
Evaluation of Student Employees
Offering a periodic review of student performance is beneficial to both the student and the supervisor. Students should be provided with specific descriptions outlining expectations and responsibilities. Take time to be sure your student worker receives the proper training to accomplish the tasks that are assigned. At preset intervals, meet with the student employee to evaluate their performance. Students can learn and benefit from a supervisors' expertise. We developed a Performance Review For Student Employees that can be utilized to review student performance. In addition, the Counseling Checklist For Supervisors can also be used when meeting with a student in a less formal setting.