Interim Vice President Lorretta Holloway discusses pilot program for student employee policy

Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development Lorretta Holloway gave a presentation about the rules for the new student employee policy at SGA’s meeting. (Photo by Amanda Martin)

Lorretta Holloway, vice president of enrollment and student development, presented information on the new student employee policy at the Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

According to Holloway, the new policy limits the total number of hours students with an on-campus job can work to 20 per week.

The policy does not include summer employees or anyone who works for longer than five weeks for breaks, temporary positions or international students, according to Holloway. Other positions may be considered an exemption based on the job’s relation to academics or a student’s major, she added.

Holloway said this new policy does not include non-university jobs, such as Sodexo or the bookstore, since they are owned by private companies.

She added the pilot program started at the beginning of this semester and anticipates “campus-wide use of the process in fall 2016 for full implementation of policy by spring 2017.”

There are 668 on-campus student university jobs, and 140 students work multiple jobs, according to Holloway. She said 36 students work 25 to 29 hours per week and 46 work 30 or more hours per week.

Holloway said the reason why the administration chose a maximum of 20 hours per week for the policy was when students work more than that, departments and hiring managers have to pay into unemployment and provide health insurance, among other full-time benefits, according to FICA.

She said there will be no direct consequences for students who go over 20 hours, but the policy is more to ensure that offices are not abusing student workers and having them “working way over,” and to document how many hours students work to be in compliance with the IRS.

In other news, SGA moved $25,000 from reserves to SGA’s unallocated account.

Brother to Brother’s constitution was seen for the second time and approved.

SGA approved an additional $3,100 for the All-University Banquet budget. The amount will provide the rent for the entire hall, a photo booth until 11:30 p.m. and decorations.

Five hundred dollars was approved for two new Benevolence Awards – The Underserved Population Advocate Award and The Academic Leader Awards. Both awards will be named after alumni.

In other news:

• Alternative Spring Break is raffling two parking spots for one week each behind the McCarthy Center on Friday, Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in McCarthy.

• The Ski and Snowboard Club has multiple trips going on sale in The Game Room starting Wednesday, Feb. 10.

• The U-Rock award was given to recently-appointed Parliamentarian Sarah Horwitz.

• Katrina Ferguson, Abby Mann and Cassandra Tedeschi were sworn in as senators.

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