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UAA student employment positions offer convenient, on-campus employment opportunities
to as many UAA students as possible. Student positions are intended to be part-time,
temporary positions that supplement other sources of students’ financial support and
promote academic and career development, whenever possible. Student employment classification
is not intended to replace temporary employee classification.
To be eligible for student employment, UAA students must be:
- Registered in six or more UA credits
- Be scheduled to work no more than 20 hours a week as a UAA student employee
Continuing UAA student employees must:
- Demonstrate a record of successfully completing at least six UA credits in previous
- Maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average
- Work no more than 20 hours a week in a UAA student employee position
Employment Experience and Alaska PEAK
The Alaska PEAK program provides:
- A structure for meaningful interactions to occur between supervisors and student employees;
- A venue for students to reflect and create connections between learning occurring
in the classroom and through on-campus employment; and
- Opportunities for students to gain skills that will be valuable to future employment.
This structure ensures that all student employees have an equitable and consistent
experience regardless of the department in which they work.
Students and supervisors participate in Alaska PEAK during each fall and spring semester
that a student is employed on campus. At the beginning of each fall semester, students
and supervisors participate in Alaska PEAK orientation sessions. The student employee
orientation introduces Alaska PEAK and SELO as part of the UAA culture—evidence that
supervisors truly care about what students are learning through their UAA experiences.
Similarly, the supervisor orientation provides Alaska PEAK as a structure for the
role supervisors can play in helping students make connections between work and academics.
Alaska PEAK uses brief, structured conversations between student employees and their
supervisors to support students to reflect and connect learning from their diverse
campus experiences. The program requires supervisors to host two Alaska PEAK conversations
with their student employees (either as individual or small group conversations) each
semester. These conversations foster a relationship between student employees and
their supervisor and provide a venue for supervisors to help student employees to
effectively articulate their learning experiences and goals while at UAA and beyond.
Each conversation includes core questions about what students are learning and how
they are applying their learning. Supervisors ask two standard questions during the
first meeting of the semester and a different three questions during the second meeting
of the semester. Students reflect on and respond to these questions in advance of
their in-person conversations through the Blackboard Learning System. Supervisors
are encouraged to ask additional follow-up questions based on the functional area
in which the student works or the personal or professional goals of the student.
In addition to the two Alaska PEAK conversations per semester, supervisors assist
each student employee to produce a well-developed resume by the second conversation
of each semester. This resume illustrates the student’s accomplishments and skills
developed from their on-campus employment positions. Each spring, students also complete in an End-of-year Student Employee Survey, which evaluates key outcomes
of student employment and work-academic connections.
More information about Alaska PEAK is available.
Additional policies for UAA Student Employment
The UAA Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee is the MAU approving authority
for exceptions permitted by UA Board of Regents’ Policy 09.05.00, and applicable MAU
rules and procedures for any student employee at the Anchorage campus and other UAA
community campuses or sites. Except for students on F-1 and J-1 visas and students
receiving Federal Work Study, the senior executive officer at UAA’s community campuses
have approving authority for exceptions permitted by UA Board of Regents’ Policy 09.05.030
– Hours of Employment and UA Board of Regents’ Policy 09.05.020(C3) – Minimum GPA
- A. General Eligibility Requirements for UAA Student Employment
- To be eligible for student employment at UAA, a student must:
- be enrolled in the university system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current
semester of employment; or
- for employment between semesters, have successfully completed six or more UA credit
hours in the preceding semester and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit
hours in the next semester; and
- not work hours which interfere with class attendance; and
- have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
- A UAA supervisor may seek a one-time exception for a student employee whose cumulative
grade point average falls below 2.0 or who has not successfully completed six or more
UA credits in the preceding semester. For the Anchorage campus, the supervisor must
submit a completed UAA Student Employee Waiver Form to the UAA Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee and receive approval in
advance of hiring or continuing a student employee. For community campuses, the supervisor
must submit a completed UAA Student Employee Waiver Form to the senior executive officer
and receive approval in advance of hiring or continuing a student employee.
- B. UAA Student Employment Limitations
- UAA students on F-1 and J-1 visas issued for UAA programs cannot work more than 20
hours a week during fall or spring semesters. In very limited circumstances, the
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs can grant exceptions for additional work hours
during fall or spring semesters provided the international student meets other UAA
and United States Citizenship and Immigration Service eligibility requirements for
- During fall and spring semesters, UAA Anchorage campus student employees may not work
more than 20 hours per week, without supervisors receiving the advanced written approval
from the UAA Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee. UAA community campus
student employees may not work more than 20 hours per week during the fall and spring
semesters without supervisors receiving the advanced written approval from the senior
executive officer. Using the UAA Student Employee Waiver Form, supervisors may request
written approval for a student employee to work more than 20 hours a week during fall
or spring semesters if the student meets the terms and conditions for student employment,
as defined by Regents’ Policy 09.05.02, MAU rules and procedures, and:
- the student is specifically skilled in an academic or vocational discipline where
no other student employees are available and the exception is only for a specified
short term; or
- the student is in the final phase of a degree program and in a University-approved
academic internship; or
- the department has a limited, one-time emergency or a short-term need for additional
- UAA student employees in Federal Work Study funded-positions must consult with the
Federal Work Study coordinator in the UAA Student Financial Aid Office prior to accepting
additional work hours to learn the effect that additional work hours might have on
their funding status.
- C. General Exceptions to UAA Student Employment Limitations
- Provided student employees meet the conditions stated in Regents’ Policy 09.05.00
and the eligibility requirements listed in section A of the UAA Student Employment
Guidelines and Procedures, student employees, including students on F-1 and J-1 visas,
may work more than 20 hours per week without advance approval during:
- winter break, after the students last final exam of the fall semester up through the
Saturday preceding the official first day of instruction of the spring semester; and
- spring break, from the Sunday which begins the official spring break week when classes
are not in session through the Saturday ending that same week; and
- summer session, after the students last final exam of the spring semester until the
official first day of instruction of the fall semester.
- D. General Expectations
- The UAA Student Code of Conduct applies to individuals working in a student employee
classification, in addition to applicable employment laws and other federal, state,
municipal, and University requirements. The code of conduct applies to new and continuing
students even though they may not be currently enrolled while working, such as during
- All student employment positions at UAA have potential to serve as learning laboratories.
Supervisors are encouraged to: (1) develop learning outcomes for all student employee
positions, (2) engage student employees in developmental conversations about the learning
outcomes, and (3) periodically review the position responsibilities and employee performance
to ensure learning outcomes remain appropriate and achievable.
UAA Student Employee Waiver Form