Penn State Adopts New Policy on Employee Background Checks
July 10, 2012
Last week Pennsylvania State University announced that it was launching a new pre-employment background screening program for all employees. And because they are a public institution, they made the actual policy itself available to the public.
I have to commend them on many levels. First, it is refreshing to see a major university taking the proper steps to protect its students, faculty, employees and itself from hiring those people who seek to harm them collectively whether it be through theft, dishonesty, violence, etc. Universities whether public or not have become multi-national conglomerates and it’s time that they recognize it.
While many will say that they are only doing this because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, I say, so what. Good for them for learning from their mistakes. I hope that other academic institutions will take note and follow suit.
Secondly, if you read their actual policy, they did a tremendous job of defining who will be subject to an employment background check (practically everyone), what screening criteria will be applied to each position, how the information will be used and how they intend to stay in compliance with state and federal laws as well as EEOC and FTC guidelines.
Any employer that conducts employee background checks and doesn’t have such a policy or hasn’t updated it for a while ought to take a few moments to review it.