Background and Fingerprint Investigations
Background and Fingerprint check policy #1.085 is effective February 1, 2006. Frequently Asked Questions
Northern Arizona University is taking steps to further ensure a safe working and learning environment for all employees, students, and visitors.
NAU requires a minimum of a criminal county conviction investigation and an employment investigation for all regular full-time and part-time positions. Additionally, an Education Credentials Investigation is required on all regular Faculty and Administrator positions. Also, a fingerprint check will be required for all individuals hired into a Safety/Security Sensitive position and/or in the event of disclosure of a prior criminal conviction by a candidate for employment during the hiring process. Volunteers placed into Safety/Security Sensitive positions, or who disclose a prior criminal conviction must also undergo a background check and/or fingerprint check. (More information about managing volunteers at NAU can be found on the NAU Purchasing Department Volunteer Coverage website.)
The Hiring Official has the responsibility for insuring that a background investigation is completed before a job offer is made.
Current regular employees are exempt from this process with the following exceptions: 1) when an employee terminates employment with the University and returns after six months, a background investigation, and possibly a fingerprint check, must be completed regardless of whether an investigation was done previously. 2) current employees transferred into a Safety/Security Sensitive position or that have disclosed a conviction may be required to complete a background check and/or fingerprint check if the check(s) had not been completed in a previous role.
All postings and recruitments must include a statement alerting prospective candidates of the mandatory background investigation requirement.
Background Investigation/Fingerprint Scheduler Links:
For further information on the background investigation process, please contact the Employment team.