The continued need to maintain social distancing practices has required RIT to adjust operations and by extension, the number of student positions available for the summer and fall. Student positions that support the educational mission, research, and/or business continuity of the University can be approved, assuming the department budget can support the position(s). Importantly, student employees cannot be utilized to perform the standard work of furloughed employees.
The following guidelines and procedures have been developed to assist departments in determining the positions that may be approved and posted. Departments must provide documentation showing proper approvals before paperwork will be processed.
Positions will require approval by a Dean or Vice President. Evidence of approval must be provided to the Student Employment Office (SEO) before paperwork can be processed. This can be in the form of an email from the Dean or VP indicating approval or using the Approval for Hiring form that will be available on the Student Employment Office website.
If your department has already extended an offer for a co-op position, no additional approvals are required. Hiring paperwork can be processed.
If an offer has not yet been extended, the co-op position requires approvals.
Continuing positions from spring to summer
Positions that are currently filled will require review and approval for continued employment through the summer. If the position supports the educational mission, research, and/or business continuity, the position may continue through the summer. This would include positions that are necessary to prepare for an on campus fall semester.
For those positions that have been approved to continue through the summer, supervisors must provide the SEO with a list of the students’ names and UID’s, along with evidence of approval. The SEO will confirm via email that those students are eligible to work in the summer.
New appointments for student positions that are needed to support RIT’s educational mission, research and/or business continuity for summer operations can be approved. Positions that are necessary to prepare for an on-campus fall semester and start later in the summer can be approved with contingency. The offer letter must include the following language:
“This offer is contingent upon staffing needs and RIT’s ability to provide continued employment throughout the employment term. If RIT, within its sole and exclusive discretion, determines that applicable, guidance, regulations, or laws prohibit or substantially prevents it from continuing this employment relationship for the employment term, this appointment will be ended.”
Student positions that are explicitly included in a grant budget and whose work can be conducted remotely can be approved.
At this time departments may begin filling student employment positions for fall. Each department must make sure the students will have important work and a supportive environment that can be fostered within the reality of our altered operations. All student employees will be expected to follow all implemented employee and student safety guidelines while working, and all building occupancy restrictions must be adhered to.
Please note the Student Employment Office is currently working remotely and has implemented the following temporary process changes.
All hire forms must have a Career Connect or Handshake number in the upper right corner
Please note RIT cannot support remote work outside of the US
Any student who will be working remotely outside of Rochester, NY must be reported to Payroll. Please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
City/state student is performing work in
Start/end date of remote work
Student paychecks will mailed directly to the address the student has on their employment file
Paper paychecks will not be sent to departments
Student are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to avoid any delays in pay, information on direct deposit will be available on the SEO and Payroll websites
Any questions regarding the student employment process can be sent to email@example.com. When the SEO staff returns to the office we will be operating by appointment only. Information regarding how to make appointments will be forthcoming.
The Student Employment Office makes the student hiring process easy.
Whether you are a new on-campus employer or you would like a quick refresher, attend the “Student Employment 101” training course offered through the Center for Professional Development at RIT.
Connect with our office to get started with Student Employment. We are always available to answer your questions or guide you through the employment process. Check out our Supervisor Handbook to review as a resource.
Career Connect for Supervisors
Register an account on Career Connect. To join your company, find the individual office or division through RIT. Do not enter the general “Rochester Institute of Technology” company. All positions that are currently and have previously entered into Handshake for your company are available to you once you register.
If you have any questions about your company selection, contact our office for assistance in selecting the right company.
All positions must be entered into Career Connect and approved by the Student Employment Office. The position will be automatically assigned a Career Connect ID number when it is created, and that is the number used on a student employee’s hire form.
The RIT login or Single Sign-On feature will not work for RIT staff.
Please note that Dining Services supervisors will be directed to the Dining Services Business Office for Career Connect assistance, due to the oversight required by Dining Services policies.
Hiring a Student
Students eligible for hire must have completed their I-9 and be registered full-time for the academic semester.
The only way to be sure that the student is eligible to work is to make sure you see their SEO Employment Eligibility card (SEO card). Never let a student employee start working before seeing their SEO card.
The following students are not eligible to work on-campus:
New incoming students starting fall semester
Leave of absence
The student employee must have been registered full-time the previous semester AND registered for at least three credits for the summer or fall sessions.
Check to see if there is already someone in your department or division that serves as the student employment contact. We find that in many cases, professors or other new supervisors will find that there is a coordinator in place in their department who can assist with the Student Employment Process.
Post a position in Career Connect, or refer to previous job postings to get their Career Connect ID number.
Send prospective student employees to the Student Employment Office to get their SEO card.
Complete the hire form. If hiring above the minimum wage, complete an advanced level job description.
Submit a hard copy of hire forms to the Student Employment Office.
Once our office has processed the new hire paperwork, the student will appear in your Kronos with their badge number. If you do not yet have access to Kronos, please sign up for the Kronos Supervisor training through the Center for Professional Development.
Students must receive payment for all work and hours performed for RIT