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Student Policies

The Career Center provides programs and services to support students with their individual professional pursuits. As a member of the campus community, we ask that students agree to be accountable for their actions as stated in the Vanderbilt University Community Creed, and engage in behavior that reflects a common set of values: scholarship, honesty, civility, accountability, caring, discovery, and celebration.

All currently enrolled Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in campus recruiting.

Coaching Appointments: Cancellation and Late Arrival

Students should arrive on time for scheduled appointments. Students who are unable to keep appointments should cancel at least 24 hours in advance through Handshake, by calling the Center at 615-322-2750, or emailing their coach. A student arriving more than 10 minutes late for a scheduled appointment, without contacting the Center in advance, may result in losing their appointment and needing to reschedule.

Reneging on Offers

If you have accepted an offer and the employer has confirmed their offer, you should cease all job search activities.

Reneging a job offer is a serious issue and should never be done lightly. Vanderbilt has built relationships with our employers, and the actions of one student can affect that employer’s relationship with all other students. It is ethically appropriate that if you have accepted an offer and the employer has confirmed your acceptance, you should cease all job search activities. Should a situation arise where reneging is a possibility, please contact our office and we will help you navigate the process, thereby helping you meet your career needs as well as preserving the relationship with the employer. Depending on the situation, you may be required to speak with a career coach in order to continue working with the Vanderbilt on-campus recruiting program.

Handshake: Job Posting Caution

The Center makes no representations about positions listed on its website, Handshake, or Center listservs and it is not responsible for the safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment for you. It is your responsibility to conduct due diligence on opportunities that you find posted online and we encourage you to take necessary precautions when interviewing or accepting positions with an employer. No legitimate employer will send payment in advance and ask the employee to send a portion of it back. DO NOT provide any personal information especially social security numbers or financial information!

Canceling an Interview

You may cancel or reschedule an interview through the Handshake system for up to 48 hours (two business days) prior to the interview day. If you are experiencing an emergency, we encourage you to contact the Center via email and phone as soon as your situation allows. If you fail to attend a scheduled interview or cancel within two business days for a reason other than an emergency, your access to Handshake will be blocked. In order to have full access status returned, you must arrange a meeting with a representative from the Career Center Coaching Team to discuss your actions and potential repercussions.


Misrepresentation of any information provided to an employer may result in immediate suspension of Career Center services and may result in reporting to Student Accountability.