Student Employment Handbook
- Part 2

Workmen's Compensation Probationary Period Terminations
Due Process Procedures Federal Work-Study Policies Definition of Terms
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Workmen's Compensation

All employees are covered by Workmen’s Compensation.

Probationary Period

All new student employees are placed on probationary status for the first two weeks.During this period the student determines if the position is acceptable and the supervisor determines if the student is able to perform satisfactorily in the position.

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Employers may terminate students. There are five broad categories under which the student employee’s termination will fall: voluntary termination by the student; termination by the Financial Aid Office; termination during probation period; transfer; and involuntary termination.

  1. Voluntary Termination

    The student employee normally presents his/her resignation to the employing department in written form. However, a student is considered to have resigned when he/she:
    • Walks off the job
    • Is absent for three consecutive work days without permission, or
    • Fails to return to work within three workdays following a personal leave of absence.

  2. Termination by Financial Aid Office

    The student is terminated from the work study program usually because he/she has (1) earned the amount of the determined financial need for the academic year; (2) is no longer enrolled for the required number of hours at WNMU; or (3) fails to maintain a 2.0 or “C” average. When the student is terminated for one of the above three reasons, both the student and the employing department are notified.

  3. Termination during Probationary Period

    All student employees are on a probationary status for the first two weeks, while the supervisor determines if the employee is able to perform satisfactorily in the position and the employee determines if the position is satisfactory. When terminating an employee during the probationary period, a supervisor should explain to the terminated employee why his/her performance is not satisfactory. An employee terminated during the probationary period is eligible to appeal the termination with the Financial Aid Office. An explanation of the termination should be given.

  4. Transfer

    A student may transfer after the probationary period if the student, supervisor and department head mutually agree on it. The student must complete and have the supervisor sign the Permit to Transfer Form. The student may transfer once per semester.

  5. Involuntary Termination

    The student employee is involuntarily terminated when: (1) the student does not perform in a satisfactory manner; (2) has committed a major offense such as theft, gross misconduct, gross insubordination, etc.

    The following steps should be followed when terminating the student employee:
    1. A verbal warning is given to the student employee.
    2. A written warning is given to the student employee, with a copy of the warning sent to the Financial Aid Office for the student’s file.
    3. A written statement of termination is given to the student employee, with a copy sent to the Financial Aid Office.
    The written warning is designed to give the student employee an opportunity to be aware of and correct his/her deficiencies. A reasonable time period of not less than one week is considered appropriate between the written warning and final termination. However, a written warning is not required for major offenses.

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Due Process Procedures

While the University endeavors to maintain pleasant working conditions which lead to cooperative, effective working relationships with all employees it also recognizes that misunderstanding and disagreements may arise regarding terms and conditions of employment. Normally, such disagreements are resolved through informal discussions between the student employee and the supervisor. However, for questions and complaints not resolved to the student employee’s satisfaction through informal discussions with successive levels of supervision, the following formal Due Process Procedure is available upon request of the student. The Financial Aid Office will provide the mechanics of the procedures.

Procedures for Appeal

  1. The concerned department head shall hold an informal meeting with the employee and render a written decision. This shall occur within ten working days of the filing of a written complaint with the department head.
  2. The employee may file an appeal to the Financial Aid Committee within ten working days of notification of the decision reached in step one. The Financial Aid Committee shall hold a formal hearing within ten days of the filing of the appeal. The employee shall be notified in writing of the decision of the committee.
  3. The employee must be present at the scheduled hearing. The appeal will be
    denied if the employee does not appear.

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Policies Applicable to Federal Work-Study Employees Only

All students seeking employment through the Federal Work-Study Program must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the Financial Aid Office. To confirm a student’s continued employment though consecutive academic years, the student must submit a new application by April of each year.

Financial Need

Eligibility for federal work-study is determined through the demonstration of financial need by the federally approved need analysis. Need must be determined each year. When a student has earned an amount equal to the established need for the academic year, he/she is no longer eligible to work in any capacity as a student employee at Western New Mexico University for the remainder of the academic year.

Period of Employment

All student employment and financial need is calculated on a maximum of one year (fall through the summer session). Students must reapply for continued aid and/or employment past this period. The maximum length of employment is one year.

Excess Hours

Students are permitted to work a maximum of 15 hours per week during the academic year. If a student should, without prior authorization, exceed the 15 hours per week limitation, the excess hours will not be paid to the student.

NOTICE: This document is subject to change to reflect the current institution policies and the ever-changing federal guidelines. Be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office for current practices reflecting these changes.

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Definition of Terms

  • Federal Work-Study

    Federally funded program. Student employee must show eligibility as need based participant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    75% of the earnings are paid by federal funds, 25% by the institution.

  • Institutional Work-Study

    WNMU departmental funded program. This is a non-need based student employment program. The individual department has the authority to hire student employees based on the department need and budget.

  • Job Description

    A definitive description of the duties to be performed by the student employee.

  • State Work-Study

    The State of New Mexico funded program. Student employee must show eligibility as need based participant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 80% of the earnings are paid by state funds, 20% by the institution.

  • Time-Sheet

    Documentation attesting to work performed by student employee. Completed according to a published schedule and delivered by permanent staff personnel to the Financial Aid Office.

  • Work Schedule

    A work schedule showing the hours worked by the student employee.

  • Work-Study

    (Federal, State, or Institutional) It is the intent of the programs to provide work for students attending institutions of higher education to help meet their costs of post secondary education. This is an employment opportunity and the student employee is expected to work while at the work site. This program does not imply that the student employee will be paid to study.

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