The University of Akron is committed to providing a safe environment by protecting the health, welfare and safety of all students, employees and visitors to our campus. As such, the University conducts pre-employment background checks for all applicants selected for employment. This policy shall apply, without limitation, to all individuals selected during the hiring process for full and part-time faculty, contract professional and staff positions. It is a condition of employment that all such individuals submit to the criminal background check procedures.
Effective 8/12/2009, The University of Akron's Board of Trustees approved Rule #3359-11-22 implementing criminal background checks on all potential University employees.
The protocol and means by which criminal background checks will be performed are:
In accordance with federal and state laws, a previous conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration for employment. Each applicant identified with a criminal conviction will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The following factors will be considered for those applicants with a criminal conviction history in determining whether to extend an offer of employment:
Faculty positions — Hiring departments make a contingent offer of employment when the final candidate is identified. Once the verbal offer has been accepted it is the responsibility of the hiring department to coordinate with Human Resources Employment Services for the completion of the background check.
Staff and Contract Professional positions — Human Resources Employment Services will make a contingent offer of employment when the final candidate is identified.
HR Employment Services will schedule an appointment for the candidate to complete an Authorization for Background Check Form. Once completed, the candidate would report to The University of Akron Police Department to have the background check completed.
The University Police will send a report to the Manager, Employment Services for review. If necessary, the report will be reviewed with the Associate and/or Assistant Vice President, Human Resources.
If you have any further questions please contact Employment Services at ext. 5988.
The Office of Employment Services is located in the Administrative Services Building at 185 East Mill St, Akron, Ohio.
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-4731
Phone (330) 972-5988
Fax (330) 972-2119