The University of New Hampshire strives to provide a safe work environment. A pre-employment review of a candidate for employment is done to comply with pertinent laws, promote a safe work environment, and to protect the University’s assets, including its employees, students, property, and information. The policy may be reviewed on the USNH online policy manual.
The following is a list of procedural information for background checks:
- Adverse Action and Candidate Appeal Process
- Background Check Vendor Packages
- Faculty Background Reviews
- Foreign Nationals Background Checks
- Graduate Appointments
- Information Collection, Evaluations, and Disposition
- Instructions to Request Background Review
- Position Specific Background Checks
- Security or Safety-Sensitive Positions
- Youth Programs
In May 2014, UNH adopted a UNH Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Minors, documents that were subsequently updated in September, 2017:
Any faculty, staff, or volunteer working in a UNH Youth Program is required to undergo a background check before initially having contact with minors. A minor is defined as anyone under the age of 18.
Frequency and level of check depends upon whether the program meets the State of New Hampshire definition of a Youth Skill Camp along with that of a UNH Youth Program:
Staff and volunteers working in a Youth Skill Camp/Program are required, per NH State Law, to undergo an ANNUAL background check (per calendar year).
Staff and volunteers working in a UNH Youth Program are required to undergo a background check every THREE years.
Youth Program Managers (or designee) make the check requests using the UNH Human Resources online request form. The requestor should check the box indicating that the staff/volunteer is working with a youth program. HR will determine the level of background check required.
*Note: UNH Extension Youth Program Managers may follow a slightly different procedure for volunteers.
There are limited exceptions to the definition of a UNH Youth Program, as well as for individuals requiring background checks. Refer to the Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Minors.
Staff or volunteers under the age of 18 working with a youth program need not have a background check. Instead, those staff are required, per NH State Law, to submit two letters of reference: Under Age 18 staff/volunteer Reference Form