Agenda Item No.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Modification of the Student Employment Policy

DESCRIPTION:

Washburn University encourages the employment of our students on campus and in the community. Student employees are a vital human resource ideally suited for part-time work and often have experience and skill sets that make them preferred employees.

The University has student employment policies that rigidly set student employment rates at minimum wage (except for the Law School). Market forces cause some jobs to earn well above the minimum wage such as: tutors, lifeguards, computer techs, and other technology operators. The University has difficulty filling some skilled student employment positions.

Authority to make exceptions to the student employment policy should be allowed administratively through procedures approved by the President.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval to amend the Business and Financial Affairs Handbook Section 7.7(b) to give the President authority to grant exemptions to the Student Employment Policy. The proposed revision to Section 7.7(b) is as follows. Language to be added is in bold, language to be removed is italicized.

7.7 Exemptions to University Student Employment Policy

(b) The President may approve an hourly wage rate in excess of the amount specified in Section 7.2,. pursuant to the Law School Financing Plan, for individuals enrolled in courses of study following the acquisition of an undergraduate degree, but such individuals shall in all other respects be subject to the University Student Employment Policy.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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