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Background Checks: Profs Get a Bye?
My love for the members of the faculty is immeasurable, my respect for them immense, but nonetheless, I can’t see why the College’s policy on background checks for new hires would exclude faculty. What if an academic department tried to hire Professor Moriarty?
Section I: This policy sets forth Dartmouth’s procedures for conducting pre-employment background checks for all staff positions….
Section III: B: Background check: Checking any or all parts of the finalist’s employment references and employment, educational, criminal, sex and violent offender, credit, and license histories.
D: Criminal history check: Verifying that the finalist does not have any felony or
misdemeanor convictions or pleas which are acknowledgements of responsibility
(e.g., plea of no contest or nolo contendere) which have not been annulled or
sealed. This verification will include a search of convictions or pleas which are
acknowledgements of responsibility during the seven (7) years immediately
preceding the finalist’s application to Dartmouth.
E: Sex and violent offender check: Verifying with state and federal registries that the
finalist does not have any convictions of certain sex or violent crimes.
Section IV: F. Exceptions to the Background Check Policy
Exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of Dartmouth through the Vice President of Human Resources or his/her designee. Categories of workers that are excluded from this policy include faculty (including research associates not hired through the Office of Human Resources), temporary employees not directly paid by Dartmouth, student employees, unpaid interns, and volunteers, unless a background check is required by state or federal law or accrediting body.
In fact, all of the omissions seem curious, especially given that obtaining a thorough criminal background check is so easy.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…