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Employment and Education Verifications Reviewed as Safe Hiring Webinar Series Continues March 15

With some job candidates falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments in order to find work in a competitive job market, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Employment and Education Verifications How to Tell What Is Real and What Is Not” on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. To register for the webinar, the third of four webinars in ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), visit: http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38881&instance=0. Continue reading

North Dakota Diploma Mill Scandal Shows Need for Education Verifications

A recently released audit report of Dickinson State University (DSU) in North Dakota describes the school as a “diploma mill” for foreign students that awarded hundreds of unearned degrees to students mostly from China who did not complete their course work while also enrolling students who did not have qualifying grades. The audit, which examined foreign students who have taken part in a special program since 2003 allowing them to earn degrees both from DSU and a university in their home country, is at: http://www.ndus.edu/uploads/reports/96/dsu-internal-review-ddj-final-draft1-020912.pdf. Continue reading

Oregon Criminal Background Check Legislation HB 4091 Passes House and Heads to Senate

The Oregon House recently passed legislation, House Bill 4091 (HB 4091), aimed at removing redundancies, inconsistencies, and holes in Oregon’s systems of criminal background checks and the bill now moves to the Oregon Senate for consideration, according to a news release from the House Democratic Caucus. If passed, HB 4091 would make criminal background checks easier and less costly to track and maintain for volunteers and employees in human service and education positions and would also attempt to make background checks more usable across agencies. Continue reading

Diploma Mills Thriving in California Due to Laid Back Oversight

Unaccredited schools are thriving in California with approximately 147 known “diploma mills,” more than any other U.S. state and a 10 percent increase from the past year, according to the Accredibase™ Report for 2011 from Verifile Limited. The report found the United States to be the most popular location for known diploma mills in the world with roughly 1,008 operating in the country, an increase of 20 percent over the past year. Continue reading

Background Check Policy for Hiring Teachers Questioned in Lawsuit against School District

According to a report in the Myrtle Beach (SC) Herald, the father of a former Middle School student in Horry County, South Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the school district that hired a teacher who had a sexual relationship with the man’s daughter, who was only 13-years-old at the time. The Herald reports that the lawsuit filed in civil court – which does not identity the girl or her father – states “the school district was negligent in both the supervision of its students and the screening of prospective hires,” and that the teacher also had sex with a student in Michigan before being hired by Horry County Schools. Continue reading

Former Harvard Student Who Faked Academic Achievements Jailed for Alleged Probation Violation

A former student at Harvard University who last year pleaded guilty to faking academic achievements by falsifying transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation to get into the prestigious school – and who took more than $45,000 in grants, prizes, and financial aid awarded to him based on lies and plagiarism – is back in jail without bail after allegedly violating his probation by portraying himself as a Harvard student and claiming that he attended the University in the past, The Harvard Crimson reports. Continue reading

Several US States Step Up Fight against Diploma Mills Issuing Fake Degrees

With a new report from Europe’s leading background screening company revealing a 48 percent increase worldwide in the number of known diploma mills in the past year, some U.S. states have stepped up the fight against diploma mills defined in the report as “largely online entities whose degrees are worthless due to the lack of valid accreditation and recognition.”

According to the second annual Accredibase™ Report for 2011 from Verifile Limited, the United States was the world’s fake college capital and saw a 20 percent increase in known diploma mills, with the number rising from 810 to 1,008. More than 40 percent of U.S. diploma mills operated in four states: California, Hawaii, Washington, and Florida. Continue reading

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 schools checked juvenile records. Continue reading