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Performance Expectations

A successful employment experience begins with a clear understanding of and commitment to workplace expectations and guidelines. Each DePaul University student employee has a responsibility to know and abide by Student Employment policies as well as the following general work performance standards. Department managers may have additional expectations specific to departmental operations. Ask your manager for more information. If you have questions, please contact us.

If you will be absent from work, you must notify your manager within one hour of your normal starting time. If your absence has been caused by an illness and lasts five days or longer, the university may ask you to bring in a doctor's note. If an employee is absent from work and does not call or notify the university of the absence, the employee is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

If you see or are involved in an accident at work, remember that your safety, and the safety of others, is the first priority. If you can reach a telephone, call Public Safety at LPC (773) 325–7777, Loop (312) 362–8400, or 911 for help. Never move a person who has fallen, and use extreme caution whenever there is blood. Trained medical personnel are the best people to handle an injured person –– your responsibility is to do your best to contact these trained professionals as quickly as possible. Once the injured person is being cared for, you must report the accident to your manager.

Each scheduled workday is important to your success at the university. Your manager depends on you to be present when your work is scheduled to begin, to take agreed–upon time for lunch, and not to leave until the end of your scheduled work hours. If a situation arises that will cause you to be late for work, create a longer lunch period, or will necessitate leaving early, please consult with your manager as much in advance as possible. Different departments deal with “making up” time in different ways. You may or may not be able to make up time; it is up to the discretion of your manager based on the nature your job duties, work hours and the needs of the department.

Students may work a maximum of 25 hours per week in total during the academic year (not counting academic breaks). Please note that the 25 hours per week limit is inclusive of all employment. International students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Students should not be scheduled to work during their scheduled class time. Your manager is responsible to negotiate an appropriate work schedule with you based on your class schedule. You can expect to revisit your work schedule based on your new academic schedule each quarter.

All new employees participate in an “introductory period” of six months. If you are new to the university community, recently re–hired, promoted or transferred, you will participate in a 6–month introductory period of training and evaluation. During this time you should become familiar with your job description, the specific duties that you are responsible for performing, the operation of your department, your team members, and the general policies and practices of the university. At the end of the introductory period your performance will be evaluated in writing. If your performance does not meet the necessary standards for the job, your manager may request an extension of up to three months for your introductory period, or if your performance is below standards, your employment may be terminated.

If you have decided to leave your current position, you should give your supervisor written notice of your decision at least two weeks before your last day. Before leaving your position and receiving your final paycheck, you must return all university property you acquired during your time working here, including keys. Once the university accepts your written resignation, it is at the discretion of management to hire you again. If you decide you want to take back your resignation and would like to continue working after all, you may or may not be able to get your job back.