Louisiana to Ban the Box on Admissions Applications for Public Colleges and Universities

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation – ACT 276 – House Bill 688 (HB 688) – that will prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from inquiring about the criminal history of prospective students prior to their acceptance for admission except for history …

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University of Minnesota to Ban the Box on Student Admission Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starting in the Fall of 2017, the University of Minnesota will adopt a Ban the Box rule on student admission applications and applicants to the school will no longer have to answer questions about past felony convictions or pending criminal charges, according to a report from the …

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SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students …

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University of Michigan Requires Background Checks and Education Verifications for All Job Candidates

A University of Michigan policy change that became effective June 1, 2013 requires all job candidates to undergo pre-employment background checks that include education verifications, according to a story on AnnArbor.com available at http://www.annarbor.com/news/university-of-michigan-expands-background-check-policy-to-include-education-verification/.

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Study Examines Use of Criminal Background Checks to Reduce Crime on College Campuses

Criminal background checks and screening questions asking students to self-report past crimes used during the admissions process used to reduce crime on college campuses cannot fully predict or detect students likely to commit crimes, according to a study published in the journal Injury Prevention.

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University of Iowa Criminal Background Check Policy May Expand to Include More Faculty and Staff

More new hires at the University of Iowa (UI) – including faculty positions as well as merit, professional, and scientific staff – could face criminal background checks under a proposed policy expansion approved by the University’s Faculty Council, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. UI’s current background check policy implemented in 2005 applies only to finance or …

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New Penn State University Background Check Policy Calls for Criminal History and Child Abuse Record Checks

A new background check policy at Penn State University (PSU) that took effect July 5, 2012 – HR99, “Background Check Process” – requires final job candidates and third-party employees who are offered employment to undergo a criminal background check that includes a criminal history check and child abuse record check before approval, according to a …

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Arrest Stories of College Football Players in NFL Draft Show Importance of Background Checks

Following a recent six-month investigation by Sports Illustrated (SI) and CBS News that ran criminal background checks on nearly 3,000 college football players from the Top 25 ranked teams that revealed that 7 percent – 1 in 14 – of the players checked had criminal records, a blog on BleacherReport.com listed the ‘10 Craziest Arrest …

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Background Checks of Players from Top 25 College Football Teams Reveal 7 Percent have Criminal Records

A six-month joint investigation by Sports Illustrated (SI) and CBS News that ran criminal background checks on nearly 3,000 players from the Top 25 ranked college football teams revealed that 7 percent of the players checked had criminal records, that only two of the schools performed background checks of their own, and that none of the …

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Colleges and Universities Learning to Avoid Mistakes with Higher Education Background Checks

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President Institutions of higher education such as colleges and universities bear the same risk as other employers when it comes to hiring employees. Due diligence in hiring, including employment screening background checks, is critical for any organization seeking to avoid workplace violence, negligent hiring lawsuits, or any repercussions …

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