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January 25, 2012 6:14 PM Subscribe
Is there any risk involved in giving my university student ID and password to an acquaintance?
posted by keep it under cover to work & money (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of a friend is looking for work, and has asked me for access to my law school's job board. She would need my student ID and password to be able to sign in and view the postings. I have no reason to doubt her intentions. She graduated from (a different) law school last year and has had a tough time with job searching. Our mutual friend is not a close friend of mine, but she is a dependable, trustworthy sort and her job-seeking friend seems to be of the same ilk. Our mutual friend made efforts to help both me and my husband out when we were looking for work, so I'd like to return the favor when it comes to her friends needing help.
But I have this nagging feeling that my university student ID and password is the kind of thing I shouldn't be giving out unless there is a very good reason for it. I'd be giving a mere acquaintance easy access to pretty much all my confidential school info, like student records or whatever. Then again, what would anyone possibly want with that? I graduated a few years ago, so it's not like my student ID is currently active.
So, hive mind, what's the risk? Is there a concrete risk that hasn't occurred to me, or am I just being paranoid? Should I go ahead and share?
There's another issue which has also given me pause. When I wrote to my law school's career counselor to ask for the password to the job board, she asked me not to share the password with non-alumni folks. She explained that she'd been having difficulties with people from all over the country using the job board (so at least some alumni have been sharing their IDs and passwords), and reasoned that the job board is closed to public access because she provides the board as a benefit to her students. She believes that sharing access with non-alumni takes away any advantage she has tried to give them. I suppose if she has gone to the trouble of cold-calling potential employers and facilitating the job postings, it is a little unfair to her and her students. What are your thoughts on this?