• References - Legal Issues

  • Legal Issues: References

    The key for reference providers is to know what information should and can be disclosed, and what legal ramifications arise as a result of improper disclosures.

    How to Write Reference Letters

    The employment reference, or recommendation, has traditionally been considered an important part of the college recruiting process. Career services directors encourage, and in many cases require, that graduating students include reference letters in their credential/employment files as further documentation of their credentials, motivation, and overall employment skills. Employers, on the other hand, often review reference letters and conduct reference checks to verify a graduate's background and qualifications.

    Legal Q & A: Writing a Reference Letter

    A reference letter from a faculty member, a report from an employer on a student’s progress in a cooperative education assignment, an evaluation of a student teacher, or a recommendation for a full-time position: Authors of these evaluations want to know if they will get into trouble if they write less-than-glowing reports or recommendations. Reference writers also want to know if they must disclose negative information about a person. You must ask yourself: Who will see this information? Is that person entitled to the information? What is the purpose of the information? Is the information accurate? Is the information misleading?

    Sample Employer Reference Letter


    A sample employer reference letter that may be printed and personalized to suit NACE member needs.


    Sample Faculty Reference Letter


    Sample Faculty Reference Letter Dear [Name of Employer]: This reference letter is provided at the written request of [name of student], who has asked me to serve as a reference on [his/her] behalf. It is my understanding that [name of student] is being considered by your organization for the position of [job title].