Why are Medicare and Social Security being taken out of my paycheck?

During the academic year, students that are enrolled at least half time at Middlebury are exempt from having Medicare or Social Security (also known as FICA) taxes withheld from their earnings as a Middlebury employee. This exemption does NOT apply during breaks lasting 5 or more weeks (summer break).

The first pay period of the summer in which FICA taxes are withheld is pay period 13 (6/5/17 - 6/18/17). This is the first pay period in which Summer Research Assistants can be paid.

If I have a break in employment do I need to move out of my room?

Possibly. Students are not expected to vacate their room for breaks lasting less than 2 weeks. However, for breaks lasting longer than 2 weeks, the student is expected to vacate their room and return their room key (when applicable) to Public Safety.

Can I choose off campus housing for one employment period and on campus housing for another?

No. Students may choose to either live off campus or request on campus housing. Whatever option the student chooses will apply to the entire summer.

If I choose to live off campus can I still participate in the summer meal plan?

Students living off campus may NOT participate in the meal plan unless the student makes special arrangements directly with dining services.

Can I remain on campus after my exams?

Only if you begin working no later than May 24th and are working at least 30 hours a week.

Will the fees for summer housing and meals be automatically deducted from my paychecks?

No, the expectation is that students will make payments bi-weekly with their student employment earnings through BannerWeb or the Cashier’s Office in the Service Building. Students that prefer to pre-pay for room and board can do so with a check (or cash) for the total amount for the summer.  

Can I work while enrolled in the Language Schools?

No, students are not eligible to work while attending the Language Schools because of the intensity of the program and the Language Pledge®.

Will I get paid for any breaks I take during the day?

According to the Vermont Dept. of Labor's "Can My Employer Do That?" page (http://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/wage-hour/can-my-employe...):

"An employer must provide its employees with “reasonable opportunity” to eat and use toilet facilities in order to protect the health and hygiene of the employee.

Federal law mandates that if an employer provides a lunch period, it is counted as “hours worked” and must be paid UNLESS the lunch period lasts at least thirty minutes and the employee is completely uninterrupted and free from work."