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/.
AnnArbor.com reports that while the university already required background checks for on-campus positions and health system staff and faculty before the policy change, academic departments were not required to conduct background checks on job applicants and staff departments did not have to verify an applicant’s education credentials.
AnnArbor.com also reports a former social media director at the University of Michigan was forced to resign in December of 2012 after it became public she had not received a bachelor’s degree despite claims on her resume and employment application. A university spokesperson said in an interview that the change in policy was unrelated to the resignation.
Under the policy change, all University of Michigan job applicants – full-time, part-time, and temporary – will undergo a criminal background check and verification of the highest academic degree disclosed before receiving a non-contingent job offer. According to AnnArbor.com, the university conducted 6,000 background checks last year and expects that number to increase this year.
The change in policy at University of Michigan may be a sign schools are becoming more concerned with academic fraud, says Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Rosen says education verifications used during pre-employment background checks help employers since educational achievements can tell a great deal about a job applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation.
Rosen says employers may visit the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) website to check the authentication of an academic institution at http://www.chea.org/. The U.S. Department of Education also launched an online database in 2005 to include the names, addresses, and enrollment of all schools with recognized accreditation available at http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx.
Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ has also written an article titled ‘The Basics of Education Verifications’ that suggests employers should check education credentials of all jobs applicants to ensure they have obtained degrees from legitimate educational institutions. The article is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2009/12/16/the-basics-of-education-verifications/.
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