2019-2020 Employee Handbook

Employment Reference Checks and Background Investigations

To ensure that individuals who join CF are well qualified and have a strong potential to be productive and successful, it is the policy of CF to check the employment references of all applicants.

The Human Resources Office will only respond in writing to those reference check inquiries that are submitted in writing. Responses to such inquiries will confirm only dates of employment, wage rates, and position(s) held. No employment data will be released without a written authorization and release signed by the individual who is the subject of the inquiry.

Level II background investigations, which include fingerprinting, will be conducted on all new employees and current staff in accordance with Board Policy 6.05. Hiring and continued employment will be contingent on a per-case review of the background results. If a disqualifying event is reported on the background results, the college allows a five day appeal process to submit a written letter of explanation and request for exemption from disqualification to be reviewed by an appeals committee. For more information, see Administrative Procedure for Criminal Background Screenings.

In addition to checking for criminal history, a credit report may be requested for potential employees in the Business Office. Supervisors may request that the Human Resources Office secure credit reports for other positions.

All offers of employment and continued employment are contingent upon a successful background and reference check. New hires and current employees who have been found to have falsified their employment application’s criminal or background history may experience adverse action up to and including termination of employment.