Should Employees be Responsible for Self-Reporting Crimes?

By Michael Klazema on 2/1/2012

Some employers, such as the University of Georgia system, are relying on employees to self-report any crimes that they commit while working for them. Unfortunately, as many would expect, this is a flawed system of reporting. Even if an employee of the University of Georgia is arrested, how many of them would actually report that? Surely there may be a few here or there, but overall, a majority would likely not report the incident, which is exactly what happened to Rudo Kieft, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Kieft was arrested on November 30th, 2011 for DUI in Athens, GA, but was released soon after the arrest. He missed no work, nor did he report the incident to the University, even though the policy was to do just that.  In fact, at this time, the University of Georgia doesn’t even have a policy or any direction on what to do when this situation occurs. In the situation of Kieft, it was simply a fluke situation and not one that was being actively sought. There is no way to tell how many other employees of the University of Georgia may have been arrested or convicted while in their employ, nor any information on what crimes they may have committed.

It is important to mention that the University of Georgia does have a policy to perform background checks on their employees. In fact, a very thorough and complete background check is done upon hiring on each and every employee. However, these background checks are only done when the employee is hired. The employee could work with the University for 15 years, for example, or more, and never have to go through any background check again, which can be dangerous. Periodically running background checks on present employees can help ensure the safety of other employees and will keep the organization a safer place for students and employees alike.

Companies like are able to not only provide extensive and thorough background checks on new and present employees, but they also have a product called Ongoing Criminal Monitoring. This product of is recommended for employers like the University of Georgia who wish to know about arrests made while someone is working for them. The product works by notifying the employer anytime one for their employees are arrested. It can be an extremely important tool for companies to use in order to keep their employees and others safe.

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