Career Center's Scam

Posted by Thoughts and Ramblings on Thursday, April 5, 2007

Ok, so scam may be too strong of a word, but still, there is something seriously wrong with this. Essentially, the Career Center here can get a fee added to a student’s bill without informing them or getting their consent. Here is how it works:

  • The career center or others encourage companies to come to campus to find potential students
  • The company must do interviews that day or the next day in order to maintain their position on campus
  • The company likes a student and asks to interview them on campus. They have set aside a room to do that day’s interviews, and so they request a student at a certain time. They contact the student directly
  • The student shows up, and must sign in to indicate that they came.
  • The career center sees the student’s name, and if they don’t have the fee on their bill, it is added

This happened to me, and has happened to others as well. At no time during this sequence is the student informed about the fee, much less asked for their consent. I had to call them to get them to remove it. Guess I won’t interview on campus unless I see it worth paying $50 to do so.

On another note: My cell phone’s battery has lasted over 100 hours on a single change. So much for the Sprint representative’s comment that I will never see more than 2-3 days on a change.