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UI Faculty Senate Oks expanding background checks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Faculty Senate at the University of Iowa has approved expanding the school's current background check policy to include all faculty members and staff.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the Senate voted Tuesday to expand the policy, which was implemented in 2005.

Under the current policy, background checks are required for those positions deemed "security sensitive," such as finance or medical personnel.  The change expands background checks to all faculty member and staff.

Temporary staff, fixed-term faculty or student staff positions aren't affected by the change, which needs Staff Council approval before taking effect.

Officials say the change brings Iowa in line with other universities, including several Big Ten schools and Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

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