Hello Matthew.

Here at TCNJ, we're sort of "blended". We have to full-time staffers who work from 8am to 5pm (I'm one of those). We also have a staff of student workers (seven of them, this year), who work from 8:30am to 9pm (Monday through Thursday). So yes, they're unsupervised from 5-9. Of course, any day that either I or my co-worker is out, they're on their own for at least the hour that whichever of us is here takes lunch. Additionally they're solo when we have staff meetings and such. 

As for recruiting, I post a job every year with our Student Employment office, include an exact list of skills I want (which doesn't stop everyone from applying anyway, but helps me weed it down). As part of the interview process (when I finally get there), prospective hires must take a technical assessment test that I came up with (and really need to update, now that I think about it). They must score a minimum of 75% to be in contention, and I make that really clear up-front (it's even in the job listing). Interestingly, I rarely get CS majors here. They tend to be unhappy once they figure out that the skills their learning are basically useless in this job.

As for sensitive info (my students have access to ID numbers, and can change passwords), each student worker must read and sign a confidentiality agreement, which I then keep on file. The penalties for violation of that agreement include not only immediate termination of employment, but a hearing with the Chief Information Officer and/or the Dean of Students.


On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 12:11 PM, Matthew McFall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I am new to the group and relatively new to my current position.  We have a Technology Support Center that includes our support desk for all faculty, staff, and students.  We only assist with university owned technology, no personal devices.  I currently have one fulltime Support Coordinator in the TSC with a rotation of student workers.  The TSC takes support calls/walk-ups and open ticket requests via phone, email, or walk-up.  We use Dell KACE for support ticketing.  I am sure this is generally how everyone is structured.


In reading through a thread that posted the other day, I noticed many of you appear to have a more heavily student ran/staffed support desk with oversight by a fulltime employee.  I am slowly working my way toward a more student ran TSC here also.  I am wanting the student employees to have ownership of the support desk and have oversight by the fulltime employee.  I have a couple of questions that I would like to ask the group.  Please feel free to respond offline if you prefer.


Do you allow the students to be unsupervised?  Meaning, if your coordinator has to step out, go to lunch, or they are out sick; do you allow the students to be in the TSC without that employee there?


How do you recruit students for the positions?  Since you need someone with some technical knowledge, do you reach out to your CS or Engineering schools to get workers?


How do you handle access to sensitive information with student employees (ie Banner information, account passwords, etc)?


I have other questions, but these seem like a good starting point.  I look forward to your responses.  Thank you.


Matthew S. McFall

Director of Technology Support Center

Jacksonville State University

Office: 256-782-5664


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