Should Faculty Undergo Background Checks?

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Mandatory background checks could become a part of the University of Pennsylvania's regular hiring process, but not if the American Association of University Professors has anything to say about it. Looking at criminal records would be unfair, as they are often inaccurate and lack context--such as whether an arrest happened during a Vietnam War protest, an association rep tells The Daily Pennsylvanian. The university announced it was considering background checks following news that two convicted sex offenders had been working for the university. They're no longer employees, the DP reports.