Criminal background checks are conducted for all graduate students appointed as a teaching assistant (TA), research assistant (RA), graduate assistant (GA), graduate part time lecturer, graduate fellow or graduate intern/trainee. This policy applies to all new appointees who commence their duties after July 1, 2008. Graduate students on stipend only or hourly appointments may also be required to undergo a background check depending on the nature of their appointment.
A standard background review consists of a criminal history review, sex and violent offender registry review, social security trace and verification; and, if required by the nature of the appointment, a Department of Motor Vehicle record search.
New international graduate assistants who have visas issued by the U.S. State Department in the Department of Homeland Security DO NOT have to submit to University background review.
Information sheet concerning graduate appointments may be reviewed by clicking here. All new appointees are required to complete the background check process before being allowed to begin an appointment.