Ensuring a safe environment in the educational setting is critical. Background screening programs for this sector are particularly vital as employees and volunteers come into contact with a vulnerable segment of our population. BIS' recommended searches for this sector ensure that a thorough background screening is performed for all faculty, staff members and volunteers. BIS has the experience and knowledge to meet the needs of institutional organizations at all levels.
Employment Eligibility Verification
Confirming the identity and work eligibility status of your applicant is an essential step in the screening process. BIS can confirm that your applicant is eligible to work in the United States. This search is conducted through the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. DHS provides a confirmation number for each transaction, which serves as affirmation that the search was conducted.
BIS' Address Search is a first-step due diligence confirmation that the background check is being conducted in the appropriate places. BIS' Address Search also provides a search of the Death Master Index, which confirms that the SSN provided does not belong to a deceased person. This search also provides an SSN Validation. The SSN Validation confirms that the number is a validly issued number as well as the date and state of issue.
A criminal history is a critical search in the screening of individuals working in an educational setting. BIS recommends a search of the courts where the individual has resided, worked and attended school within a timeframe of at least 7 years.
Verifying that your applicant possesses the credentials they purport to hold is another crucial step in the screening process. BIS can confirm licensing, certification and membership/participation in professional organizations. BIS possesses an internal call center staffed with personnel who are routinely provide services in this capacity. BIS never outsources credential verifications, which ensure that our high standards are met and that results are turned around quickly.
The education verification goes hand in hand with BIS' credentialing program. BIS recommends verification of an individual's educational history, particularly if it directly relates to the position for which they are applying.
National Security Source Searches
The current climate of our country dictates national security sources have a place in every screening program. BIS' search provides 14 national security source databases. These include OFAC's SDN List (commonly referred to as the "Terrorist Database", Interpol Most Wanted, FBI Most Wanted, Fugitive List, Debarred Parties List and many others.
National Sex Offender Search
BIS' National Sex Offender Search provides a 50 state search of registered sex offenders as provided at a state level. BIS can also conduct local level searches.
Substance Abuse Testing
Substance abuse testing has an important place in this sector's screening program. Depending on the position and access to medications, BIS recommends a pre-employment screening test as well as a random and post incident/accident components.