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Background Check - Employee

LMC Revised Date

Office of Origin: Human Resources
Date Adopted: 11-22-05
Date Reviewed: 08-19-08, 12-11-17, 04-06-18
Last Date Modified & Approved: 05-30-18

To ensure that qualified individuals are hired to fill open positions, background checks are necessary to help determine the applicant’s employability and to promote a safe work environment for our students, personnel, property and information.

All candidates selected for regular full- and part-time positions at Lake Michigan College will be informed of the requirement for background checks and asked for their written authorization.  The College may use a third party to conduct the background checks in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Background checks refer to information about candidate character, general reputation, and personal characteristics that may involve personal interviews. These reports may contain information regarding credit history, criminal history, social security verification, motor vehicle records (driving records), and verification of education or employment history. Credit history will only be requested where such information is related to the duties and responsibilities of the position for which the candidate is applying. 

All information obtained from the reference and background check process will be used only in the employment process and will be strictly confidential. Only Human Resources personnel will have access to this information.

If a negative result is found, the Vice President of Administrative Services, Executive Director, Human Resources and/or the Division Administrator will determine the business necessity for denial of employment.

Responsibility:  Executive Director, Human Resources; Vice President, Administrative Services 

References: Fair Credit Reporting Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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