Student No-Show Policy

What Does RSVP Mean?

When you RSVP for an event, you are making a commitment. It is a commitment between you and the host —whether that host is an employer or an alumnus — to spend that time together. That time may be spent in a one-on-one setting or in a crowd of 100 other Hoyas, but in any setting, clicking on the RSVP button indicates that both parties will show up for the event. 

What If My Plans Change?

While we ask and expect you to RSVP to events that take place at times you can commit to, we understand that plans change. If this is the case, we ask you to communicate with the Cawley Career Education Center so that we can try to provide that slot to another Hoya.

If you must move or cancel your RSVP, please do so more than 24 hours before 9 a.m. of the day of your event via Handshake/Google calendar. If it is less than 24 hours in advance, call 202-687-3493 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday — Friday. Otherwise you will be considered a no-show.

What Happens if I No-Show?

When you do not show up for your scheduled event and you did not cancel or notify the career center as per the the instructions above, it prevents other Hoyas from accessing these career services. If you no-show (i.e. do not cancel your RSVP ahead of time), you will be subjected to the no-show policy:

  • First no-show — you will receive a written warning by email, indicating that you were a no-show. Depending on the type of event missed, you may be asked to send an apology to the employer or alum, or to complete a quiz on professional behavior.
  • Second no-show — Your Handshake access will be disabled until you meets with a representative of the Cawley Career Education Center. You will be asked why you failed to show up and upon completion of any necessary remedial action requested by the staff member, your Handshake access will be restored. 
  • Third no-show — You Handshake access will be disabled for the remainder of the semester or academic year, depending on the frequency and severity of the event. 

We never want to remove access to career services, but we must remain fair to all Hoyas. If you can’t make it, that is fine — we just ask that you consider your fellow Hoyas who may be on the wait list for an event and communicate with us. 

Remember: If you sign up, show up!