Loeb Center Code of Conduct

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning creates opportunities to think intentionally about how a liberal arts education combines with students’ interests, values, and skills to formulate individual career paths. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of Loeb Center resources dedicated to locating internships and jobs, recruiting, networking, funding, and career advising. If you are or will be engaging with Amherst College Loeb Center resources, we ask that you review our Code of Conduct. 

Career services are one of the many benefits you have access to by joining the Amherst College community. We expect that our students and alumni act in a professional and ethical manner, as described below. Failing to do so may lead to a suspension of access to Loeb Center resources, opportunities, and/or staff assistance.

Integrity and Honesty in All Actions

My behavior directly reflects upon Amherst College and has an impact on the current and future relationships the College builds for the benefit of all Amherst students. I will represent myself and my credentials with factual data regarding academic, employment, citizenship/visa, and any other information requested. Misrepresentation may include GPA inflation, exaggerated job responsibilities, plagiarized content in job application documents, incorrect citizenship/visa status, or overstated foreign language competency. Falsification of any data on a Handshake profile and/or resume may result in revoking a student’s access to Handshake and other Loeb Center resources. I will manage my digital identity appropriately while internship/job searching and using Handshake. This includes ensuring that my messaging (voicemail and digital communications) and e-mail address are professional and that my social media presence does not jeopardize my candidacy.

Career Networking
When contacting Amherst alumni or parents for the purpose of career networking, I will do so courteously and appropriately. I will research specific questions ahead of time to maximize their time and mine. I will not ask for a(n) internship/job. Rather, I will request information regarding how to identify and pursue internships/jobs and for referrals. I recognize that inappropriate requests can greatly jeopardize Amherst’s relationships, as well as the perception networking contacts may develop of me.

I will dress in professional attire when meeting with employers/alumni, both on campus and virtually, unless specifically directed otherwise; always be on time; and send a thank-you note within 24 hours.

Employers and Organizations

Loeb Center makes a reasonable effort to verify the legitimacy of employers and positions, but is unable to verify every event, organization, and posting. It is the responsibility of each student to exercise good judgment and to research the soundness and integrity of an organization, the specifics of the position, and if abroad, any risks involved with international employment. The Loeb Center does not endorse or screen organizations, domestic or international, or the working conditions of the positions posted.

Employers each have their own policies, procedures and timelines when it comes to recruitment and interviewing. The Loeb Center is not responsible for any employment decisions made by companies or organizations.

On-campus, Off-campus, Virtual and Informational interviews (including Office Hours)
Those that participate in any form of an interview (including informational "office hours" appointments) are expected to be well-prepared for each interview and respond promptly, preferably within 24 hours, to all interview invitations, even if you decline the invitation. For interviews scheduled through our on-campus recruiting program, you will give the Loeb Center at least 2 business days’ notice if you wish to cancel or reschedule. Repeated cancellations or rescheduling may result in suspension from Loeb-hosted interviews. Note: In emergency situations, please contact the Loeb Center as soon as possible for case-by-case reviews.
Job/Internship Offer
Should I accept an offer for an internship or full-time employment, either verbally or in writing, I will do so in good faith with the full intention of honoring my commitment. After I accept an internship or job offer, I will immediately withdraw all pending applications and cancel all scheduled interviews. I will honor all employment agreements with employers/organizations. It is unethical to renege on accepting an employment offer once it has been accepted by the offering employer/organization. If you would like assistance in communicating or negotiating with employers, please contact the Loeb Center.
Loeb Center and Professional Career-Related Events
I will arrive on time and remain until events are completed. If unable to stay through the entire presentation, I will arrive early, explain the circumstances to the presenter or a Loeb staff member, and sit near an exit so as to minimize disturbance. I will silence my cell phone, keep laptops closed and turned off (if applicable), and arrive appropriately attired.
Advising Services
I will strive to schedule appointments with the Loeb Center at least 24 hours in advance and will cancel an appointment, if needed, at least 24 hours prior to the appointment. I understand that if I miss an appointment or make multiple late cancellations, I may be denied access to further advising services.
On Leave

I understand that any leave of absence during the current academic term may impact participation in on-campus or virtual interviews.

I understand that employment opportunities are at the discretion of employers, and therefore any leaves of absence may have impacts beyond the Loeb Center’s control.