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Public Colleges to Require Background Checks for Teachers

Public Colleges to Require Background Checks for Teachers

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(KSL News) Teachers hoping to work in Utah's public colleges or universities will soon be required to submit to criminal background checks.

The State Board of Regents approved the new policy this week.

The requirement isn't just for teaching, though. The regents decided any applicant for a position in a university or college that involves students under age 21, or a position that is security sensitive, such as dealing with finances, will be required to have a background check as a condition of employment.

The background checks will be phased in over the next two years.

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