Work Study Employment

Federal Regulations

Students may NOT work more than:

  • 8 hours per day
  • 20 hours per week during school sessions
  • 40 hours per week during school vacations
  • 5 consecutive hours without taking a 30 minute break


Although rare, students can resign or be fired. If for some reason you decide
to resign or transfer to a new position during the academic year, you must
complete and submit the Employee Separation form and give your supervisor
at least two weeks’ notice. It is considered voluntary termination on your part if

  • Miss more than three consecutive scheduled workdays without
  • Walk off the job
  • Fail to return to work more than six days after a scheduled absence

At times, situations arise which require severe and immediate action.
Grounds for immediate termination include, but are not limited to:

  • Falsifying timesheets
  • Threatening, attempting or causing bodily harm to another person
  • Theft of money, equipment, personal or university property
  • Possession, use, distribution, sale, or offering for sale narcotics or other
  • Arrive to or being at work under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Disclosure of confidential information (FERPA regulations)
  • Inappropriate computer usage, including accessing pornography
  • Possession of weapons
  • Sabotage or other deliberate damage to university property, including
    computer systems.

A supervisor may also use termination as a last resort due to disciplinary
problems. The supervisor must first give you verbal and written warnings and
may place you on suspension for up to ten days.

Student Grievances: A grievance is a complaint brought by a student
employee who feels that they have been unfairly treated as it relates to their
employment. You should make an appointment to visit the director of Title IX
and EOE (phone: 719-587-8213) to discuss the facts of your grievance. You
will receive assistance to help you resolve the conflict.

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is any sexual or gender-biased
behavior that adversely affects a person’s working or learning environment. It
can occur without conscious intent, and it is not limited to explicit demands for
sex. Sexual harassment is an abuse of power. If you feel you have been
harassed, contact the director of Title IX and EOE immediately at 719-587-

FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal
law, enacted in 1974, that guarantees the confidentiality of student records. If
your job deals with student information, you are required to complete Adam
State’s FERPA tutorial and pass Adams State’s FERPA quiz.

Safety and Emergencies: As part of your job, you may be required to use
some equipment. Make certain that you receive training and feel comfortable
before using any machinery.
In the event of a fire, medical emergency or other serious event, call 911.