Saturday, September 22, 2007

Will the University of Colorado Background Checks Include Fingerprinting?

The Silver and Gold Record, the faculty newspaper of the University of Colorado at Boulder, reports:

"A revised CU-Boulder employment background check policy now requires that criminal history background checks be done for all new faculty and staff, current UCB employees who are promoted or transferred, and some student hires. The new policy was approved by the chancellor's cabinet on Sept. 10 and by UCB Chancellor G.P. "Bud" Peterson on Sept. 12, and was effective immediately."

The University announced its new policy in a document called "Background Checks for Applicants for Employment."

I think it is a good idea for educational institutions to make sure that their teachers and staff are not criminals or predators. In my opinion, universities should require that their employees have their fingerprints sent to the FBI, too. Teachers all over America have to do this already, so why should university employees be any different?

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