Excerpted from OCOLLY.com post by Jackie Elliott

At the upcoming Oklahoma State University Faculty Council meeting Tuesday, the faculty council is scheduled to recommend an update on faculty background checks.

“Effective March 1, 2018, all new tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty and incoming graduate and professional students with assistantship responsibilities, will be required to undergo a criminal background check. This practice would provide the university with decreased liability,” the released January agenda stated.

Although background checks are common and generally standard to various employment opportunities, it is currently considered as part of the graduate college’s “best practices.” Should the recommendation be accepted, background checks would become a comprehensive “standard practice.”