How do I use Student Employment Services?
To find out about available positions, either examine all current job listings on our website or visit the office in Bovee University Center 121, and view our Job Bulletin Board. For both GSA and Work Study postings, the listing describes the duties of the job, qualifications, hours, and the contact person. Do not hesitate to approach a department you would like to work for even if they do not have a job posting on the SES site.
What are the advantages of working on campus?
- Your job is close to classes.
- There is no FICA withheld, adding over $.50/hour to your paycheck (minimum half-time status required).
- Your work schedule is compatible with your class schedule.
- You can begin working as soon as you arrive on campus.
- You receive valuable work experience.
- You receive a paycheck every two weeks.
What kinds of jobs are there? How many are available?
CMU hires approximately 5,000 students per year as clerks, receptionists, cashiers, computer assistants, food-service workers, laboratory attendants, research aides, tutors, and general laborers to name just a few of the types of on-campus jobs. Most jobs require no previous experience, but some require more specialized training.
Am I eligible to work on campus?
If you are enrolled in a degree-granting program at CMU and registered for at least half time enrollment for the semester in which you would be working (international students must be enrolled full-time), you are eligible to work on campus. If you are a new student during the summer you may work on campus in a GSA position, as long as you are planning to be enrolled in the fall.
Where and how do I start looking for a job?
Student Employment Services coordinates all on-campus employment, listing opportunities on ses.cmich.edu and on the Job Bulletin Board outside of our office, Bovee University Center, 121. We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Student Employment staff is ready to assist if you have employment questions.
What is the difference between Work Study and General Student Assistance (GSA)?
Work Study jobs are available to students who have applied for and been granted financial aid packages that include Federal Work Study awards. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for Work Study awards.
Work Study positions are available in a variety of campus departments. Students can earn up to their awarded amounts. Students cannot use their awards for off-campus employment.
Work Study employment is also available during the summer semester. Students must complete the Summer Aid Application, different from the FAFSA, to qualify for summer work-study. This form is available from the Student Service Court and on the Scholarships and Financial Aid Website beginning March 1 of each year.
General Student Assistance (GSA) is available to all students, including international students and students not qualifying for financial aid. These positions are funded through department budgets. Student earnings through GSA employment are not limited.
How do I apply for a position?
When you find an on-campus job you want to apply for, directly contact the department, faculty or staff member for information about the position. Application procedures vary from department to department.
Below are some tips to help you get hired:
What benefits does on-campus student employment offer me?
- Be on time. Never arrive late for an interview. If you are not sure where to go, ask for directions.
- Be well dressed. This is a job interview, so dress professionally. Wear clean, tidy clothes. T-shirts, shorts or sandals are not recommended when interviewing for a position.
- Bring a well written resume. It also is a good idea to have a list of available references in case you are asked to provide that information.
- Be prepared. You may need to complete an application. Have your dates of employment and employer information available.
- Bring your class schedule. You may want to practice answering interview questions such as, "What are your skills?" or, "What are your strong points?"
- Be confident. Answer all questions clearly and concisely. Give examples of difficult work situations and how you handled them.
- Be grateful. Thank the interviewer by name. Politeness never goes out of style.
- Be sure to come to the Student Employment Services office to complete your paperwork after you have been hired. The most commonly used documents to complete the hire paperwork are a photo ID and Social Security Card (no copies or facsimiles will be accepted.) International students, also bring your I-20 form and Passport.
Working on campus while you attend college offers a variety of advantages:
It assists in financing your education.
It develops valuable skills.
It introduces you to career opportunities.
It adds to your professional references.
No FICA taxes are withheld (for those students enrolled a minimum of 1/2 time.)
It eliminates travel to off-campus jobs.
Will my work experience be career-related?
All employment while attending school gives you a clearer understanding of the dynamics of the working world.
Newly hired on-campus employees must report to Student Employment Services in Bovee University Center 121 prior to starting work. You will complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form), and W-4 Tax Withholding Certificates for the State and Federal governments. The most commonly used documents to obtain a Hire Authorization Card are a photo ID and the Social Security Card (no copies accepted). If you have lost your Social Security Card, you may apply for a duplicate at the Social Security Administration. If you have never had a Social Security number, you must also go to the Social Security Administration.
Locally, the Social Security Administration is at 1940 Sweeney Street, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858. Directions: Traveling Mission Street south, turn east (left) on Broomfield. Travel a half mile east on Broomfield to Sweeney. On the North side (left) of the road, you will see the building as you turn left onto Sweeney.
What restrictions will be placed on my work?
Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the US must not exceed 50 hours of work per pay period, all positions combined. International Students must not exceed 20 hours/week due to visa restrictions. During the summer semester, students (including International students) may work up to 80 hours per pay period.
CMU student employees will earn a bi-weekly paycheck based on rate of pay and number of hours worked. Students must choose to be paid either through Direct Deposit or the CMU Money Card. Information regarding both may be found at Electronic Pay.
Student Pay Rates are determined by the department for which they work. The pay date schedule is available on the Payroll Website.
What are the individual departmental policies?
Student employees should be given a 15 minute rest period during each continuous four hours of work. The rest period is to be preceded and followed by a work period. It should not be used to cover a student's late arrival or early departure. Rest periods are scheduled by the supervisor and cannot be accumulated.
Under the ADA and the MPDCRA, an employer is required to make "reasonable" accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability, unless the accommodations would impose due to hardship on the employer. Please contact Student Disability Services located in the Park Library, Room 120 for more information.
Consistent with state and federal law, Central Michigan University will maintain a workplace free from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance. Please see the Written Policy (pdf).
CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight. For further information, please visit the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity.
What is the sexual harassment policy?
Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act 453 of 1976 as Amended by Public Act 202 of 1980:
Sec 103(h) Discrimination because of sex includes sexual harassment which means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
(i) Submission to such conduct or communication is made a term or condition either explicitly or implicitly to obtain employment, public accommodations or public services, education, or housing.
(ii) Submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting such individual's employment, public accommodations or public services, education, or housing.
(iii) Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's employment, public accommodations or public services, education, or housing, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, public accommodations, public services, education, or housing environment.
This information and more is available from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. The pamphlet is called "Unlawful Sexual Harassment: How to Recognize it, How to Stop it, Where to Go for Help."
To get more information including a list of Sexual Harassment Liaisons at CMU access the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity or call: 989.774.3253.
What if I am treated unfairly?
Student employees who feel they have been treated unfairly or improperly in the workplace should meet with their supervisor. An earnest attempt should be made by both parties to resolve the problem. If the matter is not brought to a satisfactory conclusion through this meeting, student employees may seek advice and assistance from Student Employment Services.
What if I want to resign?
Central Michigan University respects and honors the right of each person to terminate his or her employment at any time, for any reason. Students should provide two weeks' notice when employment is voluntarily terminated.
What if I get terminated?
Central Michigan University respects and honors the right of each person to terminate his or her employment at any time, for any reason. The University retains the same right in terminating the employment of a student at any time.
Disciplinary problems and violation of rules will be dealt with according to the situation and the work record of the employee in compliance with applicable laws.
All University property such as keys, uniforms, and tools must be returned to supervisors before final paychecks are issued.