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Center for Career Development

Guidelines & Protocols

The Center for Career Development takes no part in the determination of employment qualifications or the selection process for employers. We make employment information available to all interested students and provide employers with such information as students have authorized us to release on their behalf. We assist employers in accordance with Federal regulations including, but not limited to, the EEOC Uniform GuidelinesTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1992, as amended.

Additionally, the Center for Career Development encourages all hiring organizations to commit to the following diversity, equity, and inclusion practices when recruiting MSU students:

  • Consciously provide students and alumni with educational opportunities to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion competency.
  • Take action to create an increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce by engaging in continuous organizational self-assessment aimed at overcoming systematic organizational and societal barriers.
  • Implement equitable opportunities for historically underrepresented or marginalized individuals and groups to participate in organizational change within your organization despite position or authority.
  • Expand opportunities for your organization's senior leadership to understand the experience of historically underrepresented hires by centering their voices and incorporating their feedback into organizational decision-making.

The Center for Career Development subscribes to the Principles for Professional Conduct as stated by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and expects employers using our services to do likewise.

The Center for Career Development reserves the right to refuse services to any organization that does not align with our mission and values or is deemed incompatible with the interests of our students. This includes but is not limited to, private licensed employment agencies, consulting agencies/headhunters, temporary employment services, government employment agencies, clearinghouse operations, contract recruiting services, and any other entities that diverge from our stated mission. It is our firm belief that the services we provide should directly support and resonate with our mission, ensuring that they benefit the students and community we serve.

Job Postings

The following positions will not be posted on Handshake (Online Recruiting System):

  • No compromising positions such as adult entertainment, escort services, presentation modeling or similar activity associated with use/advertisement of alcohol or cannibis
  • No work in private homes for duties such as child care, nanny, yard work, moving, painting, maintenance, etc. (Businesses of this nature may be asked to submit a license number)
  • No positions that pay for work in cash
  • No positions that require any out-of-pocket expense from the students (other than transportation)
  • No positions that discriminate against designated groups
  • No commission-only positions
  • No positions that violate the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • No positions from third-party recruiters
  • No direct marketing positions; positions requiring an initial investment from the individual and/or requirement to recruit others to establish their own business

The Center for Career Development reserves the right to decline to post positions if the Center has a question about the legitimacy of the job listing or the represented employer.

Salary/Hiring Information

It is essential that the CCD receives and maintains accurate information relating to the numbers and starting salaries of newly hired Morgan State students. Please provide the CCD with this information at the end of each recruiting/hiring cycle or as hiring decisions are made.

Reneging on Offers/Acceptances

If an organization withdraws an offer made to a student for any reason, the recruiting contact is to notify the Assistant Director as soon as possible. Similarly, if a student reneges on an acceptance of employment with a recruiting organization, the Assistant Director also should be notified so that a thorough review of the situation can be made. The faculty and administration of Morgan State consider reneging on acceptances to be unethical behavior.


Third-Party Recruiters are agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. This includes entities that refer or recruit for profit or not for profit, and its agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment; and

Third-party recruiting organizations charge for services using one of the following fee structures:

Applicant paid fee - the applicant pays the third-party recruiter a flat fee for services rendered or a fee based upon the applicant's starting salary once the applicant is placed with the employer.

Employer paid fee:

  • Retainer - The employer pays a flat fee to the third-party recruiter for services performed in the recruiting of individuals to work for the employer.
  • Contingency fee - The employer pays to the third-party recruiter a percentage of the applicant's starting salary once the applicant is hired by the employer.
  • Fee for the Service - The employer pays a fee for a specific service, e.g. job postings, access to resumes, booth space at a job fair, etc.

Network Marketing Companies are companies that sponsor individuals to set up his/her own business for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own business; AND

Requiring an initial investment from the individual, with the organization itself serving as an umbrella or parent corporation. The initial investment may be direct payment of a fixed fee, payment to attend an orientation or training session, a "deposit" for materials, and/or purchase of a starter kit.

Another characteristic often associated with Network Marketing Companies is compensation is often in the form of straight commission, often derived from fees from others under their sponsorship in the organization, and/or a percentage of sales generated by others.

Commission Based Positions
Positions solely commission-based will not be endorsed nor promoted by the Center for Career Development and will not be posted. For other commission-based positions (base salary plus commission), you may be asked to submit the following prior to approval:

  • Is a college degree required/preferred for this position?
  • Does the position offer base pay plus commission? If so, please specify.
  • Is there a documented earning record for this position? If so, please specify.
  • Does your organization provide and reimburse for training for this position?
  • Is the employee responsible for purchasing materials/supplies for this position? If so, what are the estimated costs?

Alcohol and Cannabis Industry Recruiting Guidelines

We know you wish to create a welcoming environment and to put your organization's best foot forward in all your recruitment activities. As such, alcohol should not be present or provided to students during any part of the recruitment process, whether on or off-campus. Offering alcoholic beverages can inappropriately shift the focus of the event and may put students who abstain from alcohol in an uncomfortable position. Additionally, for students who are not of legal drinking age, serving alcohol could put them at risk of violating state law and the Morgan State University Code of Student Conduct (PDF).

The Center for Career Development will not accept companies or positions involved with the use, production, testing, or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana. As the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level and Morgan State University receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law. Also, the use of marijuana violates the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and continues to be banned on campus.

Employer's Statement

The Center for Career Development (CCD) at Morgan State University utilizes Handshake, an online recruiting software program that allows you to connect with MSU students and alumni. It is easily accessible through the internet which automates, expands, and enhances our existing career services and recruitment. It allows you to view your on-campus recruitment schedule and will give students access to job, internship and co-op listings 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this regard, it is imperative that each organization provide an accurate website address for students to conduct pre-interview research AND an accurate email address so that the CCD Assistant Director can communicate in an efficient and timely manner.

By completing and submitting your profile on Handshake, you voluntarily agree to make your information available to students/alumni to review. You have the ability to update and make changes to your account, simply by logging in to the system. It is your responsibility to contact the Center for Career Development should any concerns arise. In addition, you will have access to student/alumni information that is considered personal, such as home addresses and telephone numbers. As a user of Handshake, you are expected to respect and protect the privacy of the student/alumni data and proceed with due professionalism.

  • One of the most important requirements of Handshake is the need for employers and students to meet established deadlines. The system sends out several email alerts about the deadlines. If the deadlines are missed, the only way to develop an interview schedule is for the employer to individually contact each student whom they wish to interview.
  • The Center for Career Development holds students accountable for missed or canceled interviews. In either instance, students are required to communicate with the employer directly. In a similar manner, on those rare occasions when an employer must alter or cancel their interview schedules, we ask that you notify the center and the students directly.
  • When requesting that a student/alumni travel to another locale for an interview, my organization will pay the legitimate travel expenses.
  • As an employer, I will not pressure or place unreasonable time limits on students when making employment offers.
  • As an employer, I will notify the Center for Career Development of all on-campus, recruiting-related activities whether or not they are being conducted through the CCD.
  • As an employer, I understand that part-time employment, summer jobs and internships should not obligate either party, student or employer, to a full-time commitment after graduation.
  • As an employer, I agree to notify the Center for Career Development as soon as students have accepted positions with our company. Your assistance in tracking this information will assist the Center to more effectively manage the disposition of students who are no longer actively involved in the On-Campus Recruitment Program.

The Center for Career Development reserves the right to deny any potential or currently registered employer access to Handshake should the employer abuse the system, post intentionally inaccurate or misleading information, post fraudulent job opportunities, or abuse, mislead or put MSU students/alumni in harm's way. Any legal violations will be referred to the Baltimore City Police Department.