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Student Policies

These policies have been carefully designed with the best interests of Fisher students in mind. They are based on years of recruiting experience with employers and their feedback about working with Fisher students.

How to Handle Conflicts with Interview Scheduling

Fisher students should do all they can to minimize any negative impact on academics when scheduling job interviews-- and in their job search overall.

To manage scheduling conflicts:
  • Do your best to schedule an interview that does not conflict with class-- this requires that you schedule a preferred time for an on-campus interview before another student does (first-come, first-serve). 
  • If a preferred time is taken you can work with our recruiting coordinator to identify a student(s) in the preferred time slot and then contact the student yourself to try and coordinate a swap. 
  • You can see if there is any flexibility with a preferred interview time-- directly with the company, or through our recruiting coordinator.
For second round interviews:
  • If asked to come to a 2nd round, on-site interview on a day that conflicts with classes/exams, see if the employer has flexibility and could offer another day – it is perfectly acceptable to inquire about this! They will let you know whether or not they have flexibility
  • If the employer cannot re-schedule, ask them to email you the invitation with an indication that they cannot change the date. Send this to your professor well in advance of the date

These options have a fairly high rate of success if you are proactive. When not successful, you will simply have to accept the consequences of a class obligation where the faculty member does not offer another option. Always seek advice from the Office of Career Management if you are in a situation that you are unsure about.

Student Policy Regarding FisherConnect Work Authorization

The Office of Career Management (OCM) has an obligation to provide accurate information regarding our students to employers. We realize that sometimes students have questions about work authorization, especially in FisherConnect.  Based on legal consultation and feedback from employers, it is OCM’s policy that no student will be marked as “permanent resident” or “eligible to work without visa sponsorship” in FisherConnect until they have received permanent residency and are in possession of a government-issued Green Card. 

Students and alumni in the final step of the Adjustment of Status (AOS) process and in possession of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) are still subject to this policy.  Neither an EAD nor AOS status guarantees that a candidate will be approved for permanent residency.  Given the possibility that PR could be denied, at which time the candidate would require visa sponsorship to continue working for any employer in the US, it is our policy that no student will be able to represent themselves in FisherConnect as “eligible to work without visa sponsorship” until they have received citizenship or permanent residency, wherein no risk of needing sponsorship exists.

It is up to each candidate to communicate their current status to employers by contacting them and explaining their individual situation.  We understand that there is minimal risk in hiring a student who has applied for PR and received an EAD, so please schedule an appointment with a career consultant to discuss how to communicate with employers.

Student Policy Regarding Offers of Employment

A verbal or written acceptance of an offer is considered a commitment. It is never permissible to accept a job offer (either verbal or written) and later decline. We recommend that you consider all job offers (internship and career position offers) carefully and seriously before acting upon them. If you have a difficult decision to make or find yourself in a challenging position with regard to an offer, we highly encourage you to meet with a consultant in the Office of Career Management before making your final decision.

If it is determined that you have reneged on either an internship or career position offer, you will be asked to meet with one of the following individuals in the Office of Career Management:

  • MBA students (Jeff Rice)
  • MHRM students (Jill Westerfeld)
  • MAcc students (Steve Singer)
  • MBLE students (Steve Singer)
  • SMF Student (Jill Westerfeld)
  • Undergraduate students (Margie Bogenschutz)

The meeting will focus on a discussion of the situation and may result in consequences to you, including, but not limited to: your writing a letter of apology, your access to FisherConnect being discontinued and/or your access to services as an alum being denied.

If you fail to schedule this meeting within two weeks of our request, or do not attend this meeting as scheduled, your access to FisherConnect will be discontinued and career management offered when you become an alum will be denied.

Loss of F-1 Visa Resulting in Inactivation of FisherConnect Profile

If the Office of Career Management is informed by the Office of International Affairs [OIA] or by an employer that an international student has violated immigration regulations, which results in termination of their employment and loss of their F1-Visa status, the student will be made inactive in FisherConnect. If the student has their F1-Visa status reinstated, re-enrolls at Ohio State at a future date, and is re-admitted to Fisher, they should notify the Office of Career Management to reactivate their account in FisherConnect.

Exchange Student Policy

Exchange students are able to utilize select career management resources and services while they are studying in the Fisher College of Business.  Online resources that provide information related to resume development, interviewing skills, and job search strategy development are available via the Office of Career Management website.  In addition, exchange students are welcome to attend career workshops and career fairs offered throughout the academic year.

Student FisherConnect Interviewing Policy

The FisherConnect interviewing policy has been developed in order to create a win-win relationship between employers and students and to maximize interviewing opportunities available to all Fisher College students at The Ohio State University. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact Mark Wilson at 614-292-8615. Communication is the key to a successful job search!

Outcome of Warnings and Policy Violations