Carla (souzaqueen) wrote in uw,

The 19.5 Rule.

Anyone who works for UW has most likely heard that student employees are not allowed to work more than 19.5 hours in any given week. If you have bosses like mine, it has been ground into your brain to keep you under the line and awake at night.

What happens if you go over?

I am working two UW jobs and I want to get as much out of them as I possibly can since I am piss poor right now and my 9 credit schedule isn't holding me back. However the 19.5 rule still stands as both jobs combined can't exceed the magic number and I think that is crap. I don't want the school to protect me from myself. Are there any dire consequences if I break this Golden Rule of Student Employment? What are they? Is there a way to file for a personal exception thing so I can get around it?

Thanks. (I also emailed my payroll guy with this question, but I figure you guys will answer faster.)

EDIT: Thanks for the quick replies. It is nice to know that the school is just protecting itself with these rules rather than its student workforce. I always thought it was weird that they would be so concerned with students over-extending themselves. The benefits issue makes more sense.

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