Co-op roles and responsibilities

Co-op rights and responsibilities

This page outlines the roles and responsibilities put in place for the University of Waterloo, Waterloo co-op employers and students in relation to the University’s co-operative education program. This information was last updated in March 2022.

If you have any questions about what's expected of you, please contact your co-op advisor.


Roles and responsibilities: Co-op students

General On a recruiting term On a work term

Academic integrity on your study and work terms

Accepting the WaterlooWorks terms and conditions

Co-op designation requirements

Co-op eligibility

Co-op Research Certificate

Falsification of documents and credentials

General roles and responsibilities

Graduate co-op students

Policy 70 - Grievances and petitions

Independent contractor positions

Inter-faculty transfer of credits

OSAP and co-op

Student statuses in WaterlooWorks

Study and work term sequencing

Unpaid or underpaid co-op work terms

Work term requirements

Applying for jobs on WaterlooWorks

Arranging your own job outside of WaterlooWorks

Cancelled job in WaterlooWorks

Checking your information on WaterlooWorks

Citizenship requirements for Government of Canada jobs

Conducting a combined search

Interviewing for jobs on WaterlooWorks

Job offers and matches via WaterlooWorks


Ranking jobs in WaterlooWorks

Request for interview relief

Request to withdraw applications (RWA)

Submitting your job search intentions on WaterlooWorks

Work term length: four vs. eight months

Work terms abroad (USA and international)

Harassment and discrimination

Income tax

Intellectual property

Leaving a work term early

Legal action against employer

Medical insurance

Non-compete agreements

Payment, vacation days and overtime

Record of employment


Workplace insurance

Workplace safety

Work term employment agreements

Work term requirements to earn a co-op designation:

Roles and responsibilities: University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

Co-op accreditation


Feasibility studies

University closures

What Co-operative Education will do