FAQ for Student Employment During Phase 1 (Starting May 16, 2020)

View information on Phase 1.

Hourly Paid Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

Can I continue to work on campus?
Only those employees that are approved by EOC for phase 1 should report to campus for work. Check with you supervisor directly to determine if you are allowed to work on campus during Phase 1.

Can I work my student worker job remotely?
Directors and Department Chairs are able to make decision about the ability of individual student employees to work remotely based on the scope of duties that can be accomplished virtually. Discuss your interest in working remotely with your direct supervisor.

Can I work more than 20 hours per week now that I have more flexibility due to online classes?

When summer school is not in session your supervisor may approve work up to 40 hours per week.
When summer school is in session:

  • If you are enrolled in summer classes (virtually), your supervisor may approve work up to 30 hours per week. ​
  • If you are not enrolled in summer classes (virtually), your supervisor may approve work up to 40 hours per week.

Will I still get my FWS/PSA scholarship if I choose not to work?
You should work with your supervisor directly on the feasibility of working remotely.

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Graduate Assistants:

Can I continue to work on campus?
Only those employees that are approved by EOC for phase 1 should report to campus for work. Check with you supervisor directly to determine if you are allowed to work on campus during Phase 1.

Can I work remotely?

Directors and Department chairs can approve this based on the scope of duties that can be accomplished virtually. Discuss your interest in working remotely with your direct supervisor.

What should I do if I cannot perform the duties expected of me as a Graduate Assistant?

Your supervisor has the ability to assign alternate responsibilities.

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Department Chairs and Supervisors:

Can my student employee continue to work?
Only those employees approved by EOC within phase 1 should report to campus for work. Supervisors should connect with student employees immediately to let them know if they are approved to work on campus during Phase 1.

Can a student employee work remotely?

Student employees, including Graduate Assistants, may be approved to work remotely. Student employees who typically perform tasks that don’t lend themselves to remote work may, by mutual agreement, be assigned work that can be accomplished remotely.
If a student employee indicates a need to continue working and would typically be retained over the summer, employing departments should make every reasonable effort to accommodate flexible and remote work requests. This may involve creativity in developing projects or tasks that can be accomplished remotely.

Who can approve remote work for student employees?
Directors and Department Chairs may approve remote work for student employees in their respective units.

What documentation is required for hourly paid student employees to work remotely?

  • An email to the student employee stating the approval to work remotely, hours permitted, and scope of work to be accomplished; AND,
  • The recording of time in Workday on a daily basis; AND,
  • No less than weekly summaries of work performed emailed to the supervisor.

What documentation is required for Graduate Assistants to work remotely?

  • An email to the Graduate Assistant stating the approval to work remotely and scope of work to be accomplished; AND,
  • No less than weekly summaries of work performed emailed to the supervisor.

What IT issues need to be addressed before student employees work remotely?
Student employees, including Graduate Assistants, should perform work using a university-provided device if at all possible. If students must use a personal device to perform work remotely, and that work involves the handling of sensitive information, the student must utilize a virtual private network (VPN) and must not store files on a local (privately-owned) device. Managers and student employees shall handle information in accordance with LSU Policy Statement 6.20 – Security of Data.

Can a student employee work more than 20 hours per week?
When summer school is not in session, supervisors may approve work up to 40 hours per week for all hourly-paid student employees.
When summer school is in session:

  • If ​an hourly-paid student employee ​is enrolled in summer classes (virtually), ​supervisors  may approve work up to 30 hours per week. 
  • ​If an hourly-paid student employee is not enrolled in summer classes (virtually), supervisors may approve work up to 40 hours per week.

Learn more about Unemployment Insurance related to COVID-19

For further questions about Graduate Assistantships, please contact gradawards@lsu.edu

For further questions about student employment, please contact stuemployment@lsu.edu