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Handshake Privacy Policy and Participation Agreement

Career & Academic Planning's Employer Services at James Madison University is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information for our constituents. Career & Academic Planning's Employer Services contracts with the Symplicity Corporation and the NACElink Network to provide JMU students with access to Handshake, which is our system that provides students with access to job listings and the on-campus recruiting system. Collection and access to student information is governed by federal policy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Please refer to the NACELink Privacy Statement for technical details and a description of the site.

Intended use of personally identifiable candidate information on Handshake:

  • Students and registered alumni will share personally identifiable information (name, contact information, demographic information, academic history, GPA, employment history, etc.) for the purposes of posting resumes and additional application materials, viewing and applying for jobs and internships, and scheduling on-campus interviews. The information in a candidate’s profile is used for promoting employers’ opportunities and events and notifying candidates of employment and experiential opportunities.
  • Resumes are not shared with third parties, such as employment agencies or search firms.
  • Only the resumes of students who have given permission to have their resumes released to employers are shared with prospective employers.
  • Resumes are selected based on objective, legally-permissible requirements.
  • Employers must be given access by administrators in order to view information or resumes directly from Handshake.

Career & Academic Planning's Employer Services may conduct searches on resumes and candidate profiles to notify candidates of educational or employment opportunities through email communications. By entering data into the NACElink/Handshake system, students and alumni may have data included in aggregate reports used for evaluation of employment activities, educational programs, reports developed for institutional studies, and salary surveys. NACElink cannot use or sell individual candidate data. Unlike commercial vendors, NACElink staff cannot look at individual candidate data.

Terms of Participation

Please make sure that you read and are in agreement with each of the statements below.

  • I understand that the interviews obtained through the On-Campus Interviewing Program are for real employment opportunities and are not to be used as practice interviews.
  • I agree to submit my resume for consideration ONLY to those employers in which I have a genuine interest and desire for an interview.
  • I agree to provide accurate and honest information about my education and experience and I will claim only fair and reasonable reimbursement from employers for off-campus interview expenses.
  • I understand that up until 24 hours prior to my interview I will be cancel my on-campus interview without any repercussions. I understand that I can cancel my on-campus interview by clicking “Leave Slot” on Handshake. However, I understand that if I wish to cancel an interview after 24 hours prior it will be considered a late cancellation, I will be required to contact Employer Services directly at 540-568-7379 or at . If I fail to show up the day of the interview with no notice, it will be considered a no show. I understand that as a result of my first late cancellation or no show offense my Handshake account will be temporarily suspended. To be reinstated in Handshake, after my first offense, I must email a letter of apology to the employer and CC I also understand that two late cancellation or no show offenses will result in loss of all of my on-campus interviewing privileges.
  • I agree to accept an offer for full-time employment or internship in good faith, with the full intention of honoring my commitment. I agree to inform the On-Campus Interviewing Program once I have accepted a full-time job offer. I understand it is unethical to interview after a position has been accepted and I will discontinue the interview process after I have made that decision. This pertains to both full-time positions and internships.
  • I agree to reply promptly to all communications from from both Career & Academic Planning and employers regarding my interview status (notify employers on a timely basis of an acceptance or nonacceptance).

Career & Academic Planning's Employer Services at James Madison University does not endorse any employer and urges students to use good judgment in all of their interactions with employers. Career & Academic Planning's Employer Services is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of off-campus employment. We suggest that students request business references for unknown organizations before interviewing with them off campus or exploring job opportunities. Students should never give a potential employer their credit card, social security numbers, or bank account numbers, and never spend any of their own money on an employment “opportunity” unless very certain that it is for a legitimate reason (such as training costs). We advise students to interview in public places only.


Students and alumni should contact Career & Academic Planning’s Employer Services Program at James Madison University at if they have any concerns about the use of their information. Students and alumni can view, correct, and change their information by logging into their account on Handshake.

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