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Background investigations

The Chancellor of the University System of Georgia has mandated that background investigations (BIs) be conducted by USG institutions. Background investigations shall be conducted on regular full-time and part-time new hires and rehires, as well as temporary non-student hires. In addition, BI’s will be performed on employees being promoted, transferred, reassigned, or reclassified into "positions of trust," unless the University previously conducted background investigations on such employees any time after July 1, 2002. Student hires will be exempt from the BI process, unless federal or state law requires a BI (e.g., working with minors, financial responsibilities, etc.).

Please read the UGA background investigation policy, procedures, and FAQ.

  • A Background Request Form must be submitted by a department for all background investigations that take place outside of the applicant tracking system.

  • For positions posted in iPAWS or FacultyJobs; the university’s applicant tracking system, the department will submit a Hiring Proposal to HR. HR will then submit the Background Investigation request to SterlingONE™. The candidate will receive an email from SterlingONE™ providing them with instructions on how to access their secure portal. HR will approve the Hiring Proposal when the background investigation is successfully completed.

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Revised 1/9/2020