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The President’s Council approved changes to BYU-Idaho’s student employment eligibility requirements and limitations last month. The changes will take effect fall semester. The previous policy restricted students from working on campus during their off track, unless they had special permission. The revised policy states that during a students’ off-track semester, they may work in an on-campus job to 20 hours per week.

Students who hold positions that have been approved by the President’s Executive Gro to be 40-hour positions may still work those hours.

BYU-I is asking all departments to provide more employment opportunities for students. Beth Baldwin, an employment coordinator on campus, said increasing student employment benefits both the students and university.

“We raise the overall quality of the student’s experience by offering employment that helps them build their resume and provides them with a means to pay for their education,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said fewer turnovers in student employment positions will allow the university to train students over time and eventually trust them in more significant roles. Also, the cost for the students employees is relatively low.

“The importance of student employment and the value of their work on campus is increasing and will continue to do so,” Baldwin said.

Lucy Ward, a junior studying communication, said she and her husband were planning on becoming fast grad students in order to stay qualified for their on-campus jobs.

“Now I won’t have to worry about how [my husband and I] will pay the bills when we’re off track,” Ward said.

Ward said she knows the previous policy opened as many student employment positions as possible, but it frustrated her.

“Off-track is when I want to make money and when I have time to do it, but because of the policy, I couldn’t. It almost made me not want to have an
on-campus job,” Ward said.

While the changes to the policy are good news for some students, others may be set that there will now be fewer jobs open at the beginning of each semester because off-track students can still work.

“[The changes] will reduce the amount of hiring, but overall student employment will increase in the long term,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said the university can’t meet the needs and interests of everyone at the same time, but it is always improving in its efforts to be more balanced.

“This is a decision that’s not without some negative impacts. But with every decision, the President’s Council has students at its heart,” Baldwin said.