Early in July, Penn State announced changes to its background check policy. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky verdict, their new policy, which combines three previous measures and is more comprehensive and pervasive, went into effect on July 5, and now staff and students are being notified of the changes. The background check policy,…

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Perhaps, as a response to the recent verdict in the Jerry Sandusky case, Penn State decided to change its background check policy. Going into effect on July 5, the new guidelines cover a broader swath of staff, are far more comprehensive, and combine the past three policies. The new criminal background checks, known to the…

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In several instances on this blog, we’ve talked about background checks being used incorrectly or improperly. Criminal charges dug up from these assessments have been – illegally – used as blanket hiring measures, while the ramifications of identity theft, which cannot be purged immediately, essentially bar individuals, out of no fault of their own, from…

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