COVID-19: Essential Information

2.14 Background Checks

Middlebury College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Prior to posting a vacancy, the College will determine if the candidate selected for the position will be subject to a background check.  Vacancy announcements for these positions will include notification that employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Current employees may also be asked to authorize a background check if they apply for positions subject to the background check requirement.

Human Resources will facilitate the background check process (in accordance with the Vermont Fair Credit and Reporting Act and the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act) and inform the candidate and hiring manager of the successful completion before the appointment can commence. The candidate must voluntarily authorize the background check by completing a background check authorization.  It is critical that candidates complete all application and employment/volunteer related information accurately and honestly, failure to do so will jeopardize their appointment.

Any information revealed by a background check will be reviewed on a case by case basis and consideration will be given to the nature and gravity of the offense or offenses; the time that has passed since the conviction and/or completion of the sentence; and the relationship of the offense to the job sought. Human Resources will conduct a confidential consultation with the vice president for Academic Affairs, hiring manager or volunteer sponsor on matters which may adversely impact the appointment. The applicant will be given an opportunity to review the background check results and submit an explanation in accordance with state and federal law.


rev. 6/14