The initial tenet of the Carolinian Creed, referencing students’ obligation to uphold a code of civilized behavior, states, “As a Carolinian, I will practice personal and academic integrity.” When conducting a job search
or interviewing with employers your display of ethical behavior and professionalism may be perceived by employers as an indicator of your performance as an employee. Unprofessional student/alumni actions may harm both the Career Center’s and the University’s relationship with employers, which can ultimately deny student/alumni opportunities.
Professional & Ethical Behavior Guidelines
understanding, and in full, appreciating all possible risks, I hereby
voluntarily and willingly assume all risks associated with my
participation in this program.
agree to release and hold harmless the University of South Carolina
for consequences resulting directly or indirectly from or in any
manner arising out of, or in connection with, my participation in this
agree that I am participating in this program for meaningful, professional, career
exploration and networking
purposes and not for solicitation or any other purpose.
agree to provide accurate representation of information in my Handshake profile,
resumes, applications/interviews and all correspondence with employers.
I agree to be professional in my interactions with employers, which
includes attending and being punctual for events and interviews for
which I signed up, appearing professional in dress and demeanor, and
following through with commitments and correspondence in a timely
I understand that this includes sending thank you letters/emails as appropriate. I
am aware that I can contact the Career Center for resources to assist
me in developing professional behaviors.
For my safety, I agree to meet with
employers in public places, to be selective
in providing my personal contact information,
and to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Career
If I feel that I have been subjected to discrimination or harassment,
I will report my concerns to the Career Center and will be assisted in taking steps to respond to the situation.
I understand that I may also directly contact USC's
Office of Equal
Opportunity Programs or
Office of Sexual
Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention if I feel that this
I understand that the Career Center has the right to inactivate my
account and participation in the program if I am found to be in
violation of these Guidelines or the Career Center's
No Show & Cancellation Policy.
It can be damaging to your professional reputation to accept
an internship or job offer and then renege on the offer. When you accept a position in good
faith, the professional approach to the job search is to:
For more information about ethical recruiting
practices, review NACE's
Playing Fair - Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Job Seeker.
Avoiding Job Scams
The Career Center at the University of South Carolina reviews every job posting
for legitimacy, but on occasion, something made to be deceptive can be difficult
to detect until we hear from a student who has had a bad experience. It is
important for you to know how to distinguish legitimate job postings from scam
attempts, and what to do if you become a victim. If your instincts tell you it’s
suspicious, it probably is. Please review our tip sheet on
Avoiding Job Scams
and report any issues of concern to the Career Center immediately.