Employer Code of Conduct for In-Person and Virtual Recruiting

In order to facilitate a positive recruitment process, we require employers and their representatives, including but not limited to employees, recruiters, and student ambassadors, (hereinafter referred to collectively as “employers”) to behave in a manner that best exemplifies the values of their organizations and that comports with the Principles for Ethical Professional Practice of the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) and the following guidelines:  

  • All on-campus recruitment must be pre-approved by the Career Center. This includes, but is not limited to, class presentations and tabling. 
  • Employers are expected to conduct themselves professionally and maintain respectful language and behavior when engaging with or around students and staff. 
  • All employers must refrain from applying undue pressure to students and career service employees. This expectation includes, but is not limited to the following:  
    • Employers must refrain from putting undue pressure on students to attend recruitment events or to apply for opportunities within the organization. Whereas assertive recruitment is appropriate, aggressive recruitment is not (unsolicited or excessive phone calls, unsolicited emails to students, etc.). 
  • Exploding offers (offers that do not afford a candidate the appropriate time to either accept or decline) are unacceptable. For example, an offer with a 48-hour window or less would be an exploding offer. Employers are to refrain from exerting any undue pressure on candidates to accept a job offer. 
  • Employers should not try to persuade students to renege on employment offers from other companies under any circumstances. This would be a direct breach of the recruiter's code of conduct and ethics. 
    All organizations are required to abide by Columbia College Chicago's anti-discrimination policies (https://students.colum.edu/title-ix/Anti-Discrimination-And-Harassment-Policy-10-31-22.pdf).
  • Employers that misrepresent employment opportunities risk losing access or privileges to recruiting resources. 
By participating in on-campus recruiting services, employers agree to comply with the above policies and guidelines. In the event, an employer violates these guiding principles, or student complaints are filed regarding an employer, the Career Services reserves the right to ask that employer to leave campus immediately. The Career Center also reserves the right to review, deny, or revoke employer recruitment access and participation at any time, which could include the removal of any active job postings.