University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Employee Criminal Background Check Policy



Purpose: To provide a safer campus environment for students, employees and visitors.


Click Policy to review the complete criminal background check policy, effective March 1, 2013.

Click Process to view UW-L's CBC procedures.


Except as otherwise provided in the UW-La Crosse Criminal Background Check Policy, a criminal background check shall be performed on each new hire for a UW-La Crosse position.  Criminal background checks shall be conducted on candidates recommended for hire, either prior to the extension of an offer of employment, or as part of an offer of employment that is made contingent upon a successful criminal background check.  A criminal background check shall also be conducted on current employees and volunteers holding a "position of trust with access to vulnerable populations" as defined in the policy who have not been previously subject to such a criminal background check by the University within the last four (4) years.  Employees and volunteers holding a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations shall be subject to a criminal background check every four years, and shall be required to self-disclose certain criminal offenses.


A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.


For more information and forms please contact Joy Gutknecht, 785-8640, or by email