Promoting Professionalism in Student Employees

Today’s job market relies heavily on change. Students who learn basic business principles and polish their employment skills will find the job market easier to enter upon graduation. Strong organizational skills, analytical thinking, communication proficiency, ability to work with minimal supervision, time management and the ability to meet deadlines are the benchmarks employers seek. By setting standards in the work environment, you can help students develop these important characteristics. Consider the following items when establishing office guidelines:

  • Understanding the goal is critical to achieving it
  • Training is the foundation of understanding
  • Establishing a deadline (and holding to it) defines how you spend your time
  • Challenging people to do more than is expected is the norm
  • Holding students accountable for their actions and decisions leads to efficiency and progress

Call 734.487.0400 for a Career Services student employment handbook. DSAEM Constituent Services also offers a handbook, call 734.487.1107.


  • Establish a no-nonsense environment for students; emphasize professionalism
  • Conduct a training session for student employees. Contact EMU Human Resources for training materials on the issue of sexual harassment
  • Clearly define sexual harassment for students. See Student Conduct Code Section V.P.2, which defines Sexual Harassment as, ”…conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive campus, educational or working environment for another person. This includes unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, inappropriate sexual or gender-based activities, comments or gestures, or other forms of verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment.”
  • Discuss how to file a complaint. Clarify channels for reporting inappropriate conduct. Explain that cases involving students as harassers will be referred to Student Conduct and Community Standards. See EMU’s policy on Sexual Harassment at
  • Explain consequences for misconduct, including immediate referral to Student Conduct and Community Standards for investigation
  • Be alert and contact Student Conduct and Community Standards at first sign of potential trouble


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