25 job offers revoked after U of Illinois background checks

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Data shared with trustees show that the University of Illinois withdrew 25 job offers across its three campuses after doing background checks last year.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the total represents ten fewer withdrawals than the previous year and a fraction of the more than 13,000 background checks done in 2018. It was the third year of the university system's new background check policy that trustees approved in 2015. The university hires an outside firm to perform the checks.

University officials say that of the 25 people turned down for jobs due to the checks, seven applied for positions at the Urbana-Champaign campus, 16 at the Chicago campus and two at the university hospital in Chicago. The background checks cost nearly $471,000, up from about $392,000 the previous year.