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University of Texas implements mandatory criminal background checks for student employees

Jun 17, 2011 Matt Roesly

University of Texas implements mandatory criminal background checks for student employees
As of this month, every student worker at the University of Texas will now be required to undergo an employee background check, according to the Daily Texan.
 Additionally, students who take a year's break between employment at the university will have to resubmit to a background screening. The process is expected to cost $4 for each of the college's 7,000 to 10,000 employees, the newspaper reports. "The goal is to make students and staff as safe as possible," Daniel Sharphorn, associate vice chancellor and deputy general counsel for the UT System, told the news source. According to Jeffery Graves, associate vice president for legal affairs, the university's human resource department focuses on convictions, not arrests, when carrying out a background investigation. Job-relatedness and severity are also taken into consideration. For example, someone with a conviction for driving under the influence is unlikely to get a job that involves operating a vehicle, but may still be employed in another department or position. UT-San Antonio, which has been conducting background checks for years prior to the recent UT mandate, processed more than 26,000 screenings between 2008 and June 2010, according to the UTSA website.