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Minimum Requirements Exceptions

Joseph O. - August 31, 2020
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Good morning. We are a federal contractor, and thus, operate under the OFCCP guidelines. We recently posted a position for a residence assistant. Minimum qualifications for this assignment are pretty basic: applicants must be current students and must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicant flow has been weak, as over the course of 52 days, only 2 students have applied and one of those two has withdrawn. So, 52 days into this assignment, and only one applicant. The challenge is that this applicant’s GPA is 2.36, so below our minimum qualification of 2.5.

My question is what are the guidelines, per OFCCP, that would allow us to interview and possibly hire this student into this assignment? Is it a matter of lowering our GPA requirement, leaving the position open for others to apply, then selecting the best qualified applicant?

Thank you for your help! Cheers!

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