• Advisory Opinions - Ethics

  • Handling Questionable Recruitment & Employment Practices: Guidelines for Career Center Staff

    Should organizations have unrestricted access to students for purposes of employment recruitment? Can employers/organizations with questionable recruitment or employment practices be denied access to students because of those practices? This article outlines guidelines for career services staff.

    Position Statement: U.S. Internships


    This paper examines the characteristics of a legitimate internship and the conditions under which such an experience can be engaged on an unpaid basis.


    Reasonable Offer Deadlines Guidelines

    Employers and career centers alike ask questions about deadlines for job offer acceptance—particularly when deadlines come very early in the recruiting season. The timing of offers and acceptances is a market-driven issue. The role of NACE is not to enforce a specific time frame, but rather to encourage practices reasonable and appropriate for both employers and students, recognizing that ultimately the employment decisions are between the student and employer.(Note: This replaces and updates the guidance offered in the "Exploding Offers" advisory opinion.)

    A Position Statement on Rescinded and Deferred Employment Offers

    Rescinding a job offer or an acceptance is an unfortunate practice, and should only happen in rare instances when there are no realistic alternatives, such as when an employer is downsizing. To provide guidance in cases when an employer must rescind an offer, the NACE Principles for Professional Practice Committee offers a review of the laws regulating employment, considers relevant ethical issues, identifies the key roles of career centers and the NACE Principles, and makes recommendations for resolving individual situations fairly.

    NACE Position Statement: Requiring Logins, Passwords Violates NACE Principles for Professional Practice

    Employers should not require or request that students/job candidates provide login/password information to their personal social network accounts as a condition of employment or as a condition to be considered for employment. The position of the National Association of Colleges and Employers is that the practice violates ethical standards.