Why do we have this policy?
To protect the campus community and its assets, the University needs to ensure that individuals assigned to certain campus positions (cash handlers, police officers, child care workers, and data managers with access to personal information, to name a few) have no history of criminal behavior relevant to their employment. Although this is no guarantee against criminal acts, it does reduce the likelihood of crime, and may reduce the campus' liability in the event a crime occurs. It also helps protect hiring departments from the possibility of lawsuits, which exact a heavy cost in time and morale, and from the cost of embezzlement (the University's Employee Dishonesty Insurance Policy has a deductible of $1 million, meaning anything less than that is paid by the department). You are invited to read the full text of the policy.