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Did you know that UNC-Chapel Hill conducts an average of 8,300 background checks a year? You may be surprised by that number until you consider that background checks are

required for faculty, permanent and temporary employees, UNC independent contractors, unpaid volunteers, interns, and visiting scholars, just to name a few. So, what goes on behind the background check curtain? There are several types of background checks with components that vary based on the type of appointment and what the role requires. Currently, campus background check initiators that submit background check requests must know all the different packages and components when they’re submitting requests for background checks.

Things are changing on May 10, 2021

The Background Check unit is implementing a new process for requesting and managing background checks. The guiding principles for the initiative include addressing concerns about turnaround time, navigation, transparency, and administrative burden.

Positive Impacts for All Involved

So, what’s changing for anyone involved in the background check process? For candidates and appointees, it means a streamlined, easy to navigate process, but that’s just the start. If you’re part of the end-to-end background check process, you’ll notice big improvements.

Improvements for Candidates and Appointees

  • Streamlined user experience
  • Improved communication
  • Improved support
  • Increased continuity in the onboarding experience

Learn more. To read about the improvements and changes for Background Check Initiators and the Background Check Unit go to A Simplified Background Check Process page on Stay tuned for more information and visit the Background Check FAQ page on

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