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.”