University of Illinois Recruiting Principles and Guidelines
To facilitate opportunities and partnerships between students and employers, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Career Services Community has established policies that provide a consistent operational position on recruiting that adheres to the standards of the university and our profession, as well as Illinois campus policies.
Principles for Ethical Professional Practice as established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guide our efforts to maintain a fair and equitable recruitment process, and to support informed and responsible decision making by candidates. In the spirit of the NACE principles, along with Illinois’ commitment to providing safe and enjoyable venues and experiences for educational, entertainment, athletic, and social purposes, we encourage employers to consider culturally sensitive recruiting practices. Be mindful that Illinois is a diverse campus where students have a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, nationalities, religious beliefs, experiences, etc. Your choice of date, location, and food/beverages at your recruiting events is a reflection of your company culture and how it values diversity and inclusion. Carefully considering the value and purpose of alcohol aids this endeavor by ensuring alcohol is served only in accordance with all applicable laws, policies, and regulations, only to those guests and participants over 21 years of age and who are drinking responsibly. Even if students are of legal drinking age, offering alcoholic beverages can inappropriately shift the focus of the event and may put students in an uncomfortable position. Further, students who abstain from alcohol will likely feel less welcome.
Equal Employment Opportunity
- Recruit, interview, and hire individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, military/Vietnam Veteran, and/or disability; and to provide reasonable accommodations upon request.
- Review selection criteria in order to prevent adverse impact based upon the student’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Avoid use of inquiries that are considered unacceptable by EEO standards during the recruiting process.
- Engage in recruitment practices that are inclusive and respectful of cultural differences and diversity.
- Inform campus constituencies of special activities that have been developed to achieve the employer’s affirmative action goals.
- Investigate complaints forwarded by the Illinois Career Services Community regarding EEO noncompliance and seek resolution of such complaints.
University of Illinois Campus Policies
All visitors to the University of Illinois are subject to the campus policies. Policies that may be relevant to campus recruiting include but are not limited to:
- Campus Demonstrations and Protests
- Campus Environmental Health and Safety
- Connection to IllinoisNet
- Export Control
- Fire Safety
- Lawn Signs
- Parking Regulations
- Possession of Weapons
- Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus
- University Premises and Facilities
The University of Illinois Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all members of the Illinois campus community. As such, conduct by third parties that occurs in the process of selection for employment is covered, including conduct that occurs on University premises or property, as well as conduct that does not occur on University premises or property. All hiring organizations and its representatives participating in on-campus recruiting programs and activities must abide by the policy.
If a student of the university is involved in sexual misconduct or discrimination within an employer’s workplace, with colleagues, and/or during the recruiting process that employer is expected to report the situation to The Career Center or the appropriate career services office.
In accordance with campus policy, all complaints are forwarded to the Title IX & Disability Office for further review. The university may notify the hiring organization of reported misconduct by a recruiter or employee. In addition, the university reserves the right to suspend campus recruiting privileges to individual recruiters or organizations depending on the severity of the complaint or a pattern of problematic behavior.
Third Party Recruiters
Individual career services offices will use sound judgment in determining the policies for third party recruiting within their designated offices. Below are some important considerations:
- Offices may confirm whether the job vacancy from a third party recruiter is a real job vacancy and decide if it is appropriate to allow the actual hiring company to remain anonymous on the job posting.
- Students should be informed that the positions to which they are applying have been submitted via a third party agency. This could involve designating a third party recruiter as such within the company title on the job board.
- The third party agency must not charge any fees to students.
Investment as a Condition of Employment
The use of university space and facilities for student recruitment is restricted to student groups and prospective employers who do not require an investment by candidates as a condition of employment, or that do not require the candidate to pay the organization for their own training.
Employers offering unpaid internships to Illinois students should follow the US Department of Labor guidelines for internships under the Fair Labor Standards Act. They are reminded that the student should be the primary beneficiary of the experience, and the internship should provide training similar to that which would be given in an educational environment.
Guidelines for Employment Offers and Acceptances
All employers should extend offers in writing and be prepared to exhibit written offers to the appropriate career services office. Illinois does not condone the use of exploding offers or any other practice that puts unreasonable pressure on candidates. These offers do not afford a candidate the appropriate amount of time to either accept or decline and put enormous pressure on students to make a decision before they have completed the interviewing process.
We understand that employers need to know their hiring needs prior to the start of recruiting, however, it is in the employer’s and students’ best interest if students are granted ample time to make informed decisions. We encourage employers to review the NACE advisory opinion on setting reasonable deadlines for job offers. The university’s guideline for deadlines are outlined in the table below:
|Offers resulting from:||For:||Cannot expire before:|
|Summer Programs||Internship offers resulting from summer activities, such as leadership conferences.||Three weeks after the start of fall semester or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
|Internships or Co-ops||Full-time conversion offers resulting from previous internship or co-op.||Three weeks after start of subsequent academic term or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
|Fall Interviews||Full-time or internship offers||November 15 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
|Spring Interviews||Full-time or internship offers||April 1 or two weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
Individual career services offices at the University of Illinois may have different offer deadline policies, so please check with the appropriate career services office if you have any questions.
On occasion, students may request an extension beyond the dates given. Each request should be considered on a case-by-case basis, and be accommodated if possible. Please feel free to reach out to a member of the appropriate career services office to discuss any questions or concerns related to this policy. The possibility of negotiating decision deadlines should be clearly stated to students at the time the offer is made for both full-time and internship positions.
If you must rescind an offer, you shall contact the students and appropriate career services office immediately. We encourage employers needing to rescind or defer employment to review the NACE Advisory Opinion on rescinded and deferred employment offers.
Education of Students on Their Obligation in the Recruiting Process
The Illinois Career Services Community will counsel, advise, and educate students on appropriate ethical behavior in recruitment and obligations which include, but are not limited to:
Provision of accurate and truthful information.
- Adherence to schedules for interview appointments and meetings.
- Acceptance of an employment offer in good faith.
- Notification of employers in a timely basis of acceptance or non-acceptance of their offer of employment.
- Cessation of interviewing and withdrawal from the recruiting process after accepting an offer of employment.
- Interviewing only with employers for whom they are interested in working and whose eligibility requirements they meet.
- Requesting reimbursement for only reasonable and legitimate expenses incurred in the recruitment process.
- Abstinence from alcohol consumption in the recruitment process.
Reneging on offers internships and employment is a serious breach of the student use agreement; should this occur, please contact the appropriate career services office immediately. After meeting with the offending student, career services may decide on appropriate consequences up to the loss of job platform access for the student.
Releases, Indemnity Agreements, and Affirmation of Liability Insurance – Experiential Activities
The University of Illinois Career Services offices, and their representatives, do not provide releases or provide signed indemnification agreements to employers for internships, cooperative education, or other experiential activities. However, under certain conditions, the university is able to affirm the student has liability protection under the university’s liability self-insurance plan. These conditions include:
- When the student is an enrolled student for the semester in which the experiential activity occurs; and
- When the experiential activity is unpaid and a requirement for graduation in the students’ academic program, and/or
- When the experiential activity is unpaid and the student is enrolled for academic credit directly related to the work experience
Any release or indemnity agreement must clearly delineate the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved, and if appropriate, must submitted to Illinois Office of University Counsel for review and approval.
A release or indemnity agreement will not be accepted if the student is receiving financial compensation in conjunction with the experience. Students who are in unpaid experiential positions and not receiving credit should request from their employer liability coverage for “volunteers” at their workplace.