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Employer Education

Policies

Please read the following Rice University Recruiting Policies carefully. Contact us if you have questions or need more information about any of the following policies.

Rice University Center for Career Development

Thank you for your interest in recruiting at Rice University. As a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), we adhere to the Professional Standards for Colleges and University Career Services and recognize that employers are vital partners in the educational process. In addition to the NACE standards, we have crafted these policies mindful of our mission to allow our students the time needed to educate themselves about career opportunities, to connect with employers directly and through virtual means, and to be empowered to make informed decisions.

Guidelines and Expectations for Employers Recruiting for Rice University

Outlined below are policies and expectations to recruit at Rice University. These policies are designed to best support both students of Rice University and our employer partners to create the best recruiting experience possible. By recruiting at Rice University, you are agreeing to abide by these policies expectations.

Career Management Platform

The CCD utilizes the career management platform Handshake for all job postings and on-campus recruiting events, including career expos, information sessions, interviews, and coffee chats. All on-campus recruiting and jobs must be posted through Handshake which are then reviewed and approved by the Center for Career Development (CCD). The Center for Career Development may review job descriptions posted by any employer for appropriateness and content, and reserves the right to remove any job postings and descriptions without notice or explanation to the employer. The CCD does not post positions on Handshake that require any upfront costs, require students to work in a residential home (babysitting, etc.), or are commission only. Third party recruiters must disclose the company they are representing if they post their job position on Handshake. Additionally, the CCD reserves the right to decline or disable an employer account at any time that has recurring negative employee reviews posted online.

Offer Policy

The CCD strives to serve both students and employers and work to find the best solution possible for their recruiting needs. We recognize that employers have certain constraints in the flexibility they have to accommodate student needs, but we ask employers to refrain from presenting exploding offers, which exert undue pressure on students by making offers with unreasonable time limits (less than two weeks) or time-sensitive penalties.

Experience shows the best employment decisions for both students and employers are those that are made without pressure and with the greatest amount of information. Students given sufficient time to attend career fairs, participate in on-campus interviews, and/or complete the interviewing in which they are currently engaged are more likely to make good long-term employment decisions and may be less likely to renege on job acceptances. We want you to hire the best candidates for your organization and for our students to obtain the best opportunity for them. For these reasons and to maintain consistency with peer institutions, our job offer policy for organizations participating in campus recruitment is as follows:

Former Summer Interns: Decision date of October 15 or minimum of two weeks (whichever is later).

Fall Recruiting: Decision date of October 15 or minimum of two weeks (whichever is later).

Spring Recruiting: Decision date of February 20 or minimum of two weeks (whichever is later).

We understand certain industries require an accelerated timeline, however, we encourage them to the best of their ability to give students ample time to evaluate their options and commit to a decision that will serve them best. Most employers have been very understanding and willing to give students the time they need. We appreciate your cooperation in the past, and ask for your flexibility in the future to provide the best possible outcomes for students.

Cancellation

We ask that any employers who cancel any on-campus recruiting activity, including coffee chats, information sessions, and interviews, please let our team know at least 3 business days prior to your session.

Reporting Offers & Hires

Employers that utilize CCD services are expected to report hiring statistics for Rice students. Please report all hires in Handshake or contact us. Information provided by employers will be reported in aggregate form only. Salaries offered by individual employers will not be reported, nor will the names of the students they hire.

Discrimination

The CCD makes its interviewing facilities and position-listing services available to employers who do not unlawfully discriminate in the selection of candidates on the basis of national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Because Rice has the privilege to educate outstanding individuals of varying backgrounds, employers may encounter an international student on their interview schedule. U.S. laws and regulations require certain treatment of international students. Screening candidates based on citizenship or national origin is prohibited.

Any employer who makes use of University facilities or services must agree to abide by this policy and, if interviewing students, to talk in good faith with students who have been selected for an interview and to refrain from questioning students regarding the above protected classifications.

Alcohol

The Center for Career Development (CCD) adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) policy on recruiting that requires all recruiting activity (including all presentations, interview sessions, and employer-sponsored events on- or off-campus) to be alcohol-free.

Consequences

The CCD reserves the right to enact consequences for violations of any of these policies. Violations and their consequences will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Consequences include loss of access to Handshake, loss of support for on-campus recruiting, and flagging employers on Handshake for violations.