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Division of Human Resources

Supervisor Responsibilities

Student employees need your support to be successful. Be sure they understand what you expect of them in terms of work product and standards of conduct. 

Keep the following best practices in mind as you supervise student employees.

  • Ensure that student employees do not work during scheduled class times – remember that student employees are students first and foremost.
  • Provide student employees with the orientation, training, and mentoring they need to perform required tasks and to succeed in their job.
  • Establish expectations and standards of behavior for student employees.
  • Keep lines of communication open, clear, and constructive.
  • Provide regular feedback and coaching. Visit Developing & Engaging Students for more information and resources.
  • Create and provide a safe workspace that is free from hazards.
  • Verify the accuracy of a student employee’s logged time worked in the Time and Absence System. Visit the Payroll Department for more information on approving a student employee's time worked.
  • When issues arise, address them promptly and objectively.
  • Set a good example. As a supervisor, you can help student employees develop lifelong effective working habits such as dependability, honesty, and efficiency.

The relationship between student employees and supervisors is a two-way street. Review Student Employee Responsibilities for a list of responsibilities student employees are asked to follow as best practices for all student employees.

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