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Supervising Student Employees

Things to keep in mind when supervising student employees:

  • Remember they are students first
  • Establish a work schedule
  • Review Learning Objectives and have ongoing reviews
  • Be as flexible as possible when considering schedules and requests for changes
  • If you need to make schedule changes, give as much notice as possible
  • You do not have to grant requests for changes in work schedule
  • As of October 29, 2018, TCNJ student employees are able to accrue earned sick leave time. Refer to TCNJ’s Sick Leave Student Employment FAQs for more information and the Department of Labor Sick Leave FAQ.

If things are not working out:

  • Communicate with the employee verbally
  • Explain what the problem or difficulty is
  • Discuss together what can be done to correct it
  • Indicate what the consequences could be if the problem is not corrected (ex. different assignment, loss of responsibilities, change in schedule, reduction in hours, etc.)
  • Further discussions, leading to possible termination

If problem persists:

  • Contact the Career Center staff — We are here to help you and the student to see what can and/or should be done to rectify the situation.
  • Move to written warning
  • Define what the problem has been
  • Explain what has been done to communicate the situation to the student
  • Prepare a written performance development plan
  • State your expectations for resolving the problem
  • Be specific regarding what improvements need to be made
  • Include reasonable time lines for follow through
  • Indicate clearly what the consequences will be if not corrected
  • Have student and supervisor sign and date the document

Dismissing a student worker:

  • Contact the Student Employment Coordinator for instructions on how to proceed prior to taking action.

Equal Employment, Affirmative Action and Diversity Question:

  • Contact TCNJ Director of Equal Employment, Affirmative Action and Diversity x3139.

Student Behavioral Concerns:

Many student employees spend more concentrated time at their jobs than they do any where other than their residence. Should you observe significant changes in a student behavior, visit the Student of Concern website for information on how you can assist the student.

Student Employment COVID-19 Updates