Topic: background check process
Today with the report released by Judge Louis Freeh, the Penn State Board of Trustees delivered on the commitment we made last November when we engaged Judge Freeh to conduct an independent investigation into the University’s actions regarding former Penn State employee, Jerry Sandusky, and the handling of allegations of the child abuse crimes of which he has since been found guilty.
Judge Freeh and his team conducted a rigorous eight month investigation into all aspects of the University’s actions to determine where breakdowns occurred and what changes should be made for the future. We like many others have eagerly anticipated Judge Freeh's Report of the findings of his investigation.
His 267 page report has just been released at http://www.thefreehreportonpsu.com/REPORT_FINAL_071212.pdf and we are currently reviewing his findings and recommendations. We expect a comprehensive analysis of our policies, procedures and controls related to identifying and reporting crimes and misconduct, including failures or gaps that may have allowed alleged misconduct to go undetected or unreported. We will provide our initial response later today.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A new Penn State policy, effective July 5, 2012, requires final job candidates and third-party employees who are offered employment on or after the policy effective date to undergo a criminal background check before approval of their work at the University.
Three of the University’s prior policies (HR69, HR95 and HR96) have been combined into the new HR99 policy, "Background Check Process," incorporating a more comprehensive procedure that also ensures compliance with recently issued U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines on background checks.
“To provide the safest possible environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors it is imperative that Penn State implements consistent and thorough background check procedures,” said Susan Basso, associate vice president for Human Resources. “This policy will help the University make sound hiring decisions and also will help minimize risk for the University.”