[Theaterfacultystaff] Student Hour Limit -- Announcement and FAQ

Surovjak, Drew surovjak at ohio.edu
Thu Nov 17 12:33:42 EST 2016


All,


I checked with HR regarding how this policy affects Federal Work Study and PACE students and while the hours they are allowed to work has increased per the university, Federal Work Study and PACE are based on an award amount. If the students put in more hours per week, the award will run out faster and then we may not have them for the full semester. If they go over the award amount, the money must come from our budget and there is no allocation for that. This is just a "heads up" as I work toward a clearer picture of student employment in all its forms. Please send me questions, comments, and/or concerns that I can add to my research.


Drew R. Surovjak

Administrative Associate

School of Dance, Film and Theater

Ohio University

Kantner Hall 307A

surovjak at ohio.edu

740.593.4818


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From: theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu <theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu> on behalf of Lincoln, Michael
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2016 11:10 AM
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Subject: [Theaterfacultystaff] FW: Student Hour Limit -- Announcement and FAQ

FYI. I believe this would affect undergraduates more than grads, since grads are still limited to 20 hours per week.
-Michael

From: "benefits at ohio.edu<mailto:benefits at ohio.edu>" <benefits at ohio.edu<mailto:benefits at ohio.edu>>
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM
To: Michael Lincoln <lincolnm at ohio.edu<mailto:lincolnm at ohio.edu>>
Subject: Student Hour Limit -- Announcement and FAQ

Good Morning,
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the limit on hours worked for student employees (without graduate appointments or F or J visas) will increase from 20 hours per week to 25 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. The limit for summer semester and all academic breaks will remain at 28 hours per week.
For students with graduate appointments or with F and J visas, the limit on hours worked will remain at 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 28 hours per week for the summer semester and all academic breaks.
At the request of students and department managers, the University reviewed the current work hour limit. Students indicated they were interested in the ability to work additional hours on campus to generate additional income, to gain more work experience, and to make up for a perceived lack of off-campus part-time work options.
Please see the following Frequently Asked Questions for more details:

1.        Why is there a limit on student work hours?
The University maintains student workload limits principally to prevent work requirements from jeopardizing academic success.

2.        Why is the limit increasing?
The University reviewed the current work hour limit based upon requests from students and department managers. Students indicated they were interested in the ability to work additional hours on campus to generate additional income, to gain more work experience, and to make up for a perceived lack of off-campus part-time work options.

3.        When will the new limit be implemented?
New limits will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

4.        Is the limit based on hours per week or hours per pay period?
The limit is a weekly limit (Sunday – Saturday).

5.        What is the work hour limit for students with Graduate Appointments?
Per Ohio University policy, students with Graduate Appointments can work no more than 20 hours per week for all employment/positions with the University.

6.        What is the work hour limit for students with F and J visas?
Per federal law, students with F and/or J visas are limited to working no more than 20 hours per week when school is in session. When school is not in session, nonresident alien undergraduate students can work up to 28 hours per week. Exceeding the 20 hour per week limit when school is in session, even just one time, can result in a visa being revoked.

7.        Does the work hour limit apply to all campuses and centers, including regional campuses?
Yes.

8.        How does the limit apply to students working multiple positions?



The work hour limits apply to all student positions. If a student works multiple jobs at the University, the combined total hours worked per week for all jobs must not exceed the limit.



9.        Can I start working more hours?
Students talk with their supervisors regarding the ability to increase the amount of hours worked.  Budget constraints may limit the ability of departments to offer students additional work.


10.    Who is responsible for monitoring student work hours?



Student employees and their supervisors are responsible for monitoring work hours and complying with the limits. Planning units will be provided access to workload reports to assist in monitoring student work.



11.    What happens if a student violates the limit?



Students who violate the limit will be notified by their supervisor(s) that they must adhere to the University’s work hour rules. Repeated violations may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.



12.    Are there exceptions to the limit?
The University recognizes that a department may need a student to work greater than 25 hours per week during peak work periods, such as a one-time special event. However, students should not consistently exceed the limit.
For any long term exceptions to this rule, please contact Greg Fialko in Human Resources at fialko at ohio.edu<mailto:fialko at ohio.edu> or (740) 593-1639.

13.    If a student works more than the limit, will they still be paid?
Students must be paid for all hours worked, regardless of this rule. Time worked in excess of the limit will be paid however, repeated violations may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

14.     Are there other the implications for continually exceeding the work hour limits?
Students who exceed the work hour limit and work an average of 30 hours per week may become eligible for the University’s employer sponsored health care plan, not the student health plan.
Departments are charged for this additional expense, and depending on budget constraints, may not have the funds to continue to employ such a student, resulting in the student being unable to obtain employment anywhere on campus.

Thank you,
University Human Resources - Benefits
740.593.1636 • benefits at ohio.edu<mailto:benefits at ohio.edu> • www.ohio.edu<https://www.ohio.edu/hr> • www.ohio.edu/hr/benefits<https://www.ohio.edu/hr/benefits>
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