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University limits student work hours next fall

On Wednesday, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding sent an email to all faculty and staff regarding student work hours next fall:

Dear Colleagues,

Ohio University limits student employee workloads to no more than 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters.  However, in the past, we have allowed student employees to work in excess of 20 hours per week during the summer or other breaks. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires the provision of employer-based health care to any employee who averages 30 or more hours per week annually.  PPACA does not exempt student employees. 

At the start of the new academic year, we recommend that units begin limiting student hours during all periods of break, between and during semesters, to 28 hours per week. If your unit already has made a commitment to employ students for more than 28 hours per week during Summer 2013, you will be able to honor those arrangements.  

Units that have ongoing employment programs (internships, etc.) requiring students to work more than 28 hours per week in the summer or over breaks should contact Greg Fialko (fialko@ohio.edu) in University Human Resources for advice on program configuration or how to establish the need for a waiver.

Please note that this message is not intended to provide guidance on graduate appointments (i.e. teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships, and resident directors). PPACA related guidelines on graduate appointments will be forthcoming later in the summer.



Pam Benoit

Executive Vice President and Provost


Stephen Golding

Vice President for Finance and Administration