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Starting a New Job

To begin working a new campus job, you must first complete several pre- and post-requisites.

Missed Meal Period Acknowledgement

The Missed Meal Period Acknowledgement is also required for employment. New York State requires that all employees receive a “meal period” of 30 minutes after working more than six hours. If you are scheduled for a shift that is longer than six hours, be sure a lunch break is incorporated into your shift. The Missed Meal Policy is also found in JobLink.

Wage Theft Prevention Act

Once offered a position, you must complete the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA). This is a New York State document that acknowledges your hourly wage for the position. Make sure your wage is what you and your employer agreed upon. A WTPA is job specific. if you have more than one job you will complete more than one WTPA.The WTPA can be found in JobLink.


A federal document required by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that verifies your eligibility to work in the United States. All US citizens and most enrolled international students are eligible. Once you have completed the I-9 process, you will be able to work anywhere on campus until your graduation date. If you are unsure of the I-9 process, please contact the
Student Employment Office.

Student Confidentiality Training

Lastly, the University requires that all student employees complete the Student Confidentiality Training via our employee training portal, MyPath. The training is compensable and must be completed upon hire during the department on-boarding process. If the training is not completed within 30 days, the Student Employment Office reserves the right to terminate employment.

Student Responsibilities

Taking a job is a commitment. Below are a few suggestions on how to conduct yourself on the job. As a member of a working unit that depends on you, you are expected to:

  • Establish a work schedule that does not interfere with your class schedule; students are not permitted to work during scheduled class time, even if classes are canceled
  • Notify your supervisor in advance of any changes to your work schedule or other commitments that will affect work availability
  • Give advance notice when unable to work a scheduled shift
  • Take the job seriously and perform at the highest level of your ability
  • Treat your supervisor and fellow employees with respect
  • Dress appropriately for the job location (some work sites have dress codes)
  • Report to work on time, and notify your supervisor in advance of any possible delays
  • Do not conduct personal business on the job, including homework
  • Refrain from using personal phones while on the job
  • Accurately report the hours you work; falsifying your time sheet could result in termination and possible repayment of wages
  • Schedule accordingly: students are not permitted to overlap hours and time entries; if you have more than one job, let your supervisors know how many hours you work in each job and when
  • Remember if you work more than six hours to take a 30 minute meal/rest period; shifts between jobs/departments are added as total hours worked
  • Give two weeks’ notice when resigning
  • If you are a Federal Work Study (FWS) student, keep a record of all hours worked
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