Recruiting Ethics for Co-Op Education

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McMaster Science Co-op Programs are accredited by theCooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL). We abide by the following recruiting ethics, as provided by CEWIL. 

The successful recruitment of cooperative education students depends upon the collective activities of three parties: the interested employer, the co-op student and the associated educational institution. All participants must adhere to Provincial and Federal legislation in their recruitment and employment practices. However, CEWIL supports additional guidelines concerning recruiting ethics that support the development of a mutually beneficial and fair process for all concerned.


Employer Ethics
  • Provide accurate job posting information including salary and location.
  • Provide reasonable notice of candidates to be interviewed and of interview cancellations.
  • Respect an institution's schedule regarding job postings, interview arrangements, job offers, etc., and heed the cooperative education policies and procedures of an institution.
  • Not discuss job offers or rankings with candidates before, during or following an interview.
  • Not seek a candidate's assessment of another candidate.
  • Not make multiple job rankings or offers unless prepared to accept multiple candidates.
  • Honour all matches, and not rescind offers of employment.
  • Confirm all job offers in writing.
  • Not translate a co-op assignment into a full-time position, encouraging a student to settle for less education.

Student Ethics
  • Abide by the co-op policies of their institution.
  • Ensure that employers have accurate information regarding their qualifications.
  • Notify the co-op office, well in advance, if interviews must be rescheduled or cancelled.
  • Not discuss or mislead employers about their ranking or job acceptance intentions, and not provide information to employers on other students or employers.
  • Honour their acceptance of employment as a contractual agreement with the employer.

Institution's Ethics
  • Inform students, employers, and other interested parties of institutional policies and procedures.
  • Provide equal services to all students and employers.
  • Accommodate employers' reasonable requests for job postings, interview space and presentation facilities.
  • Provide students with accurate information on all recruiting employers.
  • Notify the employer of any hiring limitations prior to them conducting interviews.
  • Notify employers of any students who, after being hired, are not academically eligible to continue in their program.
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