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Northwestern University Library Student Handbook: Evaluations/Wage

Student Evaluations

“This process involves a discussion between employer and employee. Through honest exchange between both parties, it is hoped that the student's job performance may improve, and that the work relationship will become more rewarding.”

Performance Evaluation

Evaluations Process

  • Annual performance evaluation begins in March and ends in April
  • The performance evaluation is to be discussed
  • The fall wage rate is calculated by the Library Personnel Office
  • The fall wage appears on the first check after new student week

WORK/STUDY students -If a poor evaluation is received, the student will be called into the Federal Work-Study Office for a discussion of the student's work performance with the Work-Study Coordinator.

Performance Evaluation

This process should involve a discussion between Supervisor and employee. Through honest exchange between both parties, it is hoped that the student's job performance may improve, and that the work relationship will become more rewarding.

  • At the time of the review:
    • Determine whether or not an employee will be retained for the following year
    • If the evaluation is marked "retained," it is considered a joint contract between you and the student
    • Either party must give the other at least two weeks’ notice if the decision is changed
    • If a student is not retained, you do not need to complete a Job Termination Form
      • However, the employer should attach comments to the evaluation if the ratings were particularly poor
  • Work-Study students: If a poor evaluation is received, the student will be called into the Federal Work-Study Office for a discussion of the student's work performance with the Work-Study Coordinator.
  • When are evaluations sent to Supervisors?
    • Evaluations are available to Supervisors on the 3rd Monday in March
    • Evaluations are returned to Library Personnel no later than the 4th Monday in April.  (You can submit evaluations as soon as you finish)
  • Who calculates the Fall rate on the evaluation?
    • The fall wage rate is calculated by the Library Personnel Office
    • A spreadsheet will be sent in July with the new fall rates.

Wage Rate

Wage rate for student/temp positions

The Library wage rate is set according to the base wage for that position (e.g. Library Aide 3; library Aide 4, etc)

Students/Temps receive .05 cents longevity for each complete quarter (three months of employment) and during evaluation time a merit increase is given depending on the rating (e.g. 5 consistently demonstrate outstanding performance; 4  demonstrate above average performance; 3 demonstrate average performance; 2 performance needs to improve; 1 unacceptable performance)