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June 27 2019

Reference Checks Ahead

The University of California, Davis, last year launched a new pilot policy on faculty reference checks, a measure Philip Kass, the university’s vice provost of academic affairs, said is intended to “prevent and otherwise address issues of sexual misconduct on campus.

Separate from criminal background checks, which are governed by system policy and don’t turn up internal findings of misconduct, Davis personally contacts the former institution or institutions of finalists who do consent, and asks whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the California’s system’s Faculty Code of Conduct. In addition, Davis will share similar information about the university’s current or past employees with other institutions, provided the candidate has offered written consent.