University of Minnesota  Appendix

Student Employment Work Rules


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Governing Policy


Please use the contact section in the governing policy.

Credit Requirements

Students must be registered for a minimum number of credits in order to hold a student job on campus. See Eligibility for Student Employment for detailed information on credit requirements and student eligibility.

Minimum Credits Required to Hold a Student Job

Student Status Fall and Spring - Regular Fall and Spring - Work Study Summer Session - Regular Summer Session - Work Study
Undergraduate 6 6 0 6
Graduate 3 3 0 3
Non-degree 6 N/A 6 N/A
International undergrad 12 N/A 0 N/A
International graduate 6 N/A 0 N/A
International non-degree 12 N/A 12 N/A

Hours of Work




Student positions at the University may be part-time or full-time, remembering the student’s primary role is student.

Meal Periods

Scheduled unpaid meal periods interrupting a work shift shall be not less than 30 minutes nor more than one hour. If a work shift is extended to more than eight hours, additional or longer meal periods may be scheduled as warranted. Meal periods are unpaid.

Rest Periods

Student employees who work a minimum of four hours in one shift shall be granted a fifteen (15) minute paid rest period during each consecutive four hours of work. Rest periods for student employees working regularly-scheduled shifts of more than eight hours may be extended proportionally if only one break is scheduled during each half of the shift. Paid rest periods are not cumulative from one day to the next.

Split Shifts

Split shifts should be avoided whenever possible. No split shift shall extend the working day of a student employee over a period of more than 13 hours in any 24-hour period, except in agricultural operations, where the period may extend to 14 hours in a 24-hour period; or in an emergency.


Overtime is the time worked in excess of 40 hours per work week. Overtime may be compensated for, either in pay or time off at the rate of time and one half, if such work was performed at the request of the supervisor. All student employees must be compensated for overtime/compensatory time whenever their time worked is in excess of 40 hours per work week.

Overtime hours must be approved by supervisors.

Shift Differential

All student employees are eligible for shift differential (60 cents per hour) if their regularly scheduled shifts of six hours or more begin before 6:00 a.m. or end on or after 7:00 p.m.


Student employees paid on an hourly rate who are required to work on any official University holiday shall be paid at the rate of time and one-half for the hours worked. Student employees paid an hourly rate who are not required to work or cannot work because their department is closed on any official University holiday are not paid for that holiday.

Background Verifications

Background screening will be done for positions where it is legally required or where the University has already established a practice of conducting these checks.

The background checking process is available on the University Policy Library. The Office of Human Resources uses General Information Services for all background screening.