Top Ten Tips for Providing Recommendations
Rochelle Kaplan, legal counsel for National Association for Colleges & Employers, offers this advice to faculty who are considering writing letters of recommendation or who serve as a reference for students.
- Obtain written permission from the student.
- Discuss your recommendation with the student.
- Provide only information based upon firsthand knowledge.
- Avoid personal information about the student.
- Nothing is "off the record" or "confidential."
- Email is no different from any other form of written communication.
- Base personal opinions on fact; don't guess or speculate.
- Respond to the specific inquiry regarding the student's ability to do the job!
- Follow your institution's policies regarding recommendation letters.
- If you need to change or withdraw your statement, advise the student.
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