Over the years, more colleges and universities have implemented student background screening policies. Recently, we told you that public universities in Texas are now able to do background checks on students who apply to live in college housing, and we also told you about a new policy at the University of Oklahoma College of Education where students have to have a background check before being accepted to begin studies.

 

If your school is considering implementing a new student background screening policy, here’s a few things that you should do in preparation:

 

  • Develop a comprehensive written policy. Why are you implementing student background checks? What is the objective? Most of the time campus safety is the primary reason, although there can be many other reasons. State this information clearly and up front.

 

  • Create a set of procedures and ensure everyone follows them. Who needs a background check? When will you do the check? Who will handle the results? The procedures should be clear and everyone must follow them. It’s also important to have a policy that you adhere to in cases where students are rejected due to results obtained from a background check.

 

  • Know the federal and state laws that may apply. It’s essential that you stay on top of this information.

 

  • Use an accredited background screening vendor. There are many companies that belong to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), but only a handful of these are accredited. Your school undergoes a strict accreditation process, so why wouldn’t you want your background check provider to hold the same standards? Corporate Screening is an accredited background screening provider.

 

Student background screening is just one step in making a campus a safer place. Before putting a new student background check plan into action, make sure you’ve done your homework.