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Work Responsibilities

Student employees are an essential part of the Northwestern workforce. Your department will depend on you to show up for your scheduled hours and do the job you were hired for. You are responsible for your work and will be held accountable just like any other job. In addition to the information below, please familiarize yourself with information found on the Resources and Polices menu drop downs. 

Student employees are expected and accountable for:

  • job proficiency and performance;
  • dependability;
  • personal conduct; and
  • general compliance with policies and procedures.

Your department will provide you with any necessary training to make sure you are successful in your role. 

While employed, you SHOULD: 

  • Ask questions! 
  • Show a positive attitude, be confident, and show interest in your work;
  • Communicate with your supervisor(s);
  • Follow safety practices and follow instructions; and,
  • Speak up! Your opinions and ideas are valued as it relates to your work.

Keep in mind, DON'T:

  • Bring personal visitors (i.e. friends, family) with you while you're working;
  • Violate workplace policies and guidelines (i.e. homework policy, use of cell phone, dress code, or Northwestern’s policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, or non-retaliation);
  • Discuss confidential* business topics with anyone but your supervisor (If you will handle sensitive information in your role, you may be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement confirming that you will protect and not disclose or misuse private information.);
  • Disrespect, talk back, or argue with your supervisor;
  • Over-schedule your day which may lead to repetitive tardiness or absenteeism for your scheduled work shifts;
  • Falsify your timecard (If adjustments or corrections are necessary, speak with your supervisor.);
  • Practice unethical business and personal conduct (i.e. discrimination or mistreatment of people, animals, or the environment, harassment, sexual misconduct, risky behaviors that lead to imminent danger to yourself or others, etc.); and
  • Engage in other violations of local, state, or federal laws and regulations.