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Kansas State University

Division of Human Resources
Kansas State University
103 Edwards Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4801
785-532-6277
785-532-6095 (fax)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CST)
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Background Checks - Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Answers
Are current employees exempt from the background check process? Yes
If an hourly student employee transfers to a graduate, classified, or unclassified position, do we have to do a background check? Yes
If a classified employee transfers to an unclassified position, or vice versa, do we have to do a background check? No
If we want to hire a former employee, do we have to do a background check? Yes, if there has been a break in service for more than one year.
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Yes, if they meet the requirement for international applicants who have been in the U.S. for more than 30 days within the last 7 years and did not have a background check done previously at K-State.
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No, if the break in service has been less than one year for domestic applicants.
If we want to move a temporary employee into a full- or part-time classified position, do we have to do a background check? Yes
If we want to hire for a temporary position who will work for about a year, but only a few hours a week, do we have to do a background check? Yes, since they will be working for more than 6 calendar months.
If an individual is to be employed for less than six (6) calendar months, is then terminated, and soon after reappointed into the same or another temporary position which basically extends their temporary appointment past the six month time frame, do we have to do a background check?

(This would also apply to an individual hired for one semester, terminated for the next semester, and then rehired for the following semester.)
Yes. The policy states that background checks are exempted on temporary employees to be employed for six months or less. However, if an individual is to be employed for less than six (6) calendar months, is then terminated, and soon after reappointed into a temporary position which basically extends their temporary appointment past the six month time frame (within the prior 12 months) then a criminal background check will be done.

If you think your temporary appointment will be hired for more than six (6) months, please let us do a background check, so that we comply with Kansas Board of Regents and KSU Policy.
If we are promoting a current regular employee, do we have to do a background check? No
For what positions are driving record background checks being done? Currently, only Extension Agent and Extension Intern positions will have driving records checked.
After a background check has been completed and the hiring department has been notified by email to proceed with hiring for the position, what should we do with any copies of the PER-59? By law, the department may not keep a copy of the PER-59, and if they do have a copy, it must be destroyed. Only the candidate may keep the original PER-59 form and attached documents.
How would Human Resources know that I have had a background check done on the person that I am hiring? A copy of the email sent to the hiring department notifying them that the candidate is CLEAR to hire should be attached to appointment papers submitted to HR.

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