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​Employer policies

(January 2014)

NACE Principles for Employment Professionals​ 

The University of Colorado Denver Career Center expects that all employers will abide by the recruiting policies as set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with these policies by visiting their website at:


Qualification Criteria for Employers


The following policy is established to determine the eligibility of a company, organization, or individual to utilize any employer services at the CU Denver Career Center, in accordance with the NACE Principles for Professional Practice:


Eligible Employers

•  Must have current or anticipated job openings for college graduates or alumni.

  Must not impose fees upon the student/alumnus in order to become an employee of the organization.  This DOES NOT including professional licensure fees that may need to be covered by the employee (e.g., insurance licensing fees to sell insurance, etc.).

  Must comply with all federal, state, and local Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action laws and regulations regarding age, race/ethnicity, disabilities, religion, gender, etc.


Third Party Agencies

  Definition:  Third party agencies include organizations that recruit candidates for full-time, part-time, or temporary employment for another company/client and typically charge a fee to a job applicant or the company/client (e.g., employment/staffing agencies, search firms, contract recruiters, etc.).

  Third party agencies may participate in career fairs and post jobs on Handshake only when they meet the following requirements:

  Must disclose information on the position(s) and the name of the company/client that s/he represents clearly and upfront in each job posting and at career fairs.

  Must acknowledge that the Career Center may choose to verify the third party recruiter relationship with the employer/client.  

  Must NOT use résumés attained from Handshake job postings for referral to any other job or employer.

•​  May be asked to provide information concerning CU Denver candidates employed through the agency (including, but not limited to, the candidate’s name, employer, and salary).


Ineligible Employers

      Home-Based Businesses are not eligible to participate in CU Denver’s employer services. 

      Teaching English Abroad Agencies are currently not eligible to participate in CU Denver’s employer services.

     Marijuana/Cannabis Industries: The University of Colorado Denver Career Center will not accept positions related to the use or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana. As the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level and CU Denver receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law. In addition, the use of marijuana violates the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act and continues to be banned on campus.

      Multi-Level or Network Marketing Organizations and Franchise/Business Opportunities are not eligible to participate in any employer services. Such organizations are those that engage in one or more of the following practices:

      Sponsors an individual in setting up his/her own business for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own business (Direct Sales Organizations).

      Requires an initial investment from individuals with the organization itself serving as an umbrella or parent corporation. The initial investment may be, but is not limited to, direct payment of a fixed fee, payment to attend an orientation or training session, and/or purchase of a starter kit.

    •​  Compensates in the form of straight commission, fees from others under their sponsorship in the organization, and/or a percentage of sales generated by others.

    Criteria For Professional & Student Hourly Postings on Handshake


    Professional positions are employment opportunities which require a Bachelor’s degree or higher, are salaried, and utilize the knowledge and skills acquired through CU Denver coursework and programs. These positions can be classified as either full-time or part-time.


    Student Hourly positions are employment opportunities that do NOT require a degree and are flexible to a student’s class schedule. These must be paid positions that are classified as full- or part-time.


    Students and alumni of CU Denver utilize the Career Center’s online recruitment system, Handshake, for professional employment or student hourly opportunities. The following policies are established to determine eligibility of a company, organization, or individual to use the Handshake system:

      The position may NOT be located in a private residence or a home-based office (ex. Nanny, Personal Assistant, In-Home Tutor).

      We do not post direct healthcare positions (e.g., physician, nurse, physician assistant, etc.) as our office does not currently serve the Anschutz Medical Campus student population.

      The employment organization must have a payroll and human resources liaison to which the student employee may seek recourse in the event of a workplace conflict or dispute.

      The position cannot be commission-only.

    •​  The pay rate cannot be below the Colorado state minimum wage (calculated over any time scale such as hourly, weekly, semi-monthly, monthly, or annually).

    On-Campus Interviews (OCI)

    The Employer Relations & Outreach Coordinator in the Career Center is your primary contact
    to facilitate connecting with students through on-campus interviews.
    To be qualified to conduct on-campus interviews, your organization must meet the requirements listed in the Qualification Criteria for Employers section above. Third-Party Recruiters are not eligible to participate.  Job postings must be submitted at least one month before the interview date.

    Cancellations / Rescheduling:  OCI & Information Tables

    If you need to cancel or reschedule your on-campus interview or information table, please notify the Employer Relations & Outreach Coordinator as soon as possible. If you need to reschedule your on-campus interviews, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Information Table:  Cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice and/or no shows will be charged the full fee amount.

    Policy on Alcohol

    CU Denver is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is free of alcohol abuse. As a member of NACE, we abide by The NACE Principles for Employment Professionals (see above) which includes a standard policy (#5) of NOT permitting alcohol at recruiting events on or off-campus.

    FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Regulations

    FERPA is a federal legislative act that protects the privacy of parents and students by outlining the maintenance of, access to, and disclosure of a student’s educational records.  For more information on FERPA, please visit:

    The University of Colorado Denver Career Center reserves the right to evaluate all employers and deny recruiting privileges (i.e., job posting, information tables, on-campus interviewing, career fairs, etc.) to any employer or organization at any time.  The final approval for employers to utilize University facilities and services rests with the Director of the Career Center.
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    Held bi-annually in the Fall and Spring semesters, employers are invited to campus to be available to network with students and graduates from the Auraria Campus. Please call or visit the Career Center (Tivoli 267) or the Experiential Learning Center (Tivoli 260) with questions or assistance.


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