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Background, Reference & Credit Checks

Office of Origin: Human Resources            
Responsibility: Executive Director, Human Resources
Date Originally Adopted: 11-22-05
Dates Reviewed: 8-19-08, 12-11-17, 4-6-18, 10/20/21(C)
Last Date Board Approved: 5-30-18

Candidates selected for regular full- and part-time positions at Lake Michigan College (the College) will be required to provide authorization for a background check. The College may use a third party to conduct the background checks in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  

Background checks may contain information regarding criminal history, social security verification, motor vehicle records, and verification of education, or employment history. 

Reference checks will also be completed on candidates, which involve contacting individuals who can verify a candidate's skills, experience, education, and/or work history.

A credit history/credit check will be requested when such information is related to the duties and responsibilities of the position for which the candidate applied. 

All information obtained from the above 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 Executive Director, Human Resources and the supervising Cabinet member will determine if there is a business-related need to deny employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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