Student Reference

Faculty and staff members may receive reference requests from students who are seeking employment, housing, volunteer work, and scholarship and related opportunities; the faculty member or staff member may serve as a reference or decline to do so. If the faculty member or staff member chooses to serve as a reference, the following procedure is to be followed:

  • The student is to initiate the Student Request for a Reference Form, which can be obtained from the Dean of Students.
    • The form is to be signed by the student, thereby giving the faculty member or staff member the permission to serve as a reference and acknowledging agreement of what will/will not be divulged.
    • The form is to be signed by the faculty member or staff member, thereby acknowledging agreement of what will/will not be divulged.
  • The student and faculty member or staff member are to meet and mutually agree upon topics for conversation. There should be a clear discussion between the student and the faculty member or staff member about what will be said, how it will be said, and what will not be said.
    • The following are guidelines for this discussion (The reference should be contained to information observed in class, through student groups, etc.):
      • Proficiency with tools and equipment
      • Quality of class projects
      • Work ethic
      • Observance of safety procedures
      • Ability to work independently and in teams
      • Honors and awards earned
      • Official graduate status (only if verified through the Registrar)
        • The reference should not divulge:
          • GPA
          • Specific attendance patterns
          • Personal information
          • Other institutions where student may be applying
          • Anything that could harm, defame, or cause the student to be viewed as unemployable in any way

Faculty or staff members may NOT serve as a reference for a student worker. A student worker’s request for a reference MUST be forwarded to Human Resources.