JobMate Integrity Statement & Guidelines for Use

Integrity Statement

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, interviewing with employers or interacting with mentors, your display of ethical behavior and professionalism may be perceived by employers/mentors 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/mentors, which can ultimately deny student/alumni opportunities.

Guidelines for Use

  • Knowing, understanding, and in full, appreciating all possible risks, I hereby voluntarily and willingly assume all risks associated with my participation in this program.
  • I 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 program.
  • I agree that I am participating in this program for meaningful, professional, career exploration and networking purposes and not for solicitation or any other purpose.
  • I agree to provide accurate representation of information in my JobMate profile, resumes, applications/interviews and all correspondence with employers and mentors.
  • I agree to be professional in my interactions with employers and mentors, 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 manner.
  • 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/practitioners/mentors in public places, to be selective in providing my personal contact information, and to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Career Center.
  • 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 is appropriate.
  • I understand that I am limited to contacting 5 mentors each month.
  • I agree to complete and submit a feedback report to the USC Career Center regarding the mentor connections I have made once an interaction has occurred. (I understand that once a mentor reports our connection, the Career Center will send me this survey).
  • I agree to complete an annual evaluation of my experience if participating in the Spur Connection mentor program.
  • 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 for Use or the Career Center's No-show Policy.

    Offer Acceptances

     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:

    • notify other companies for which you are an active candidate that you have accepted another offer;

    • withdraw from the recruiting process in JobMate (interview schedules, externships, etc.);

    • notify the Career Center's Recruiting Coordinator of your internship/job acceptance;

    • Complete the Career Center’s annual graduation survey & Report Your Hire for Internships & Co-op positions.

    For more information about ethical recruiting practices, review NACE's Playing Fair - Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Job Seeker.