Conducting a Background Check

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A background check is a great tool to use to verify a candidate's credentials when selected as a finalist. A background check can be requested at the time an offer is made to a new employee.

Positions Requiring a Background Check

Background checks are conducted to mitigate risk and support the university’s fiduciary responsibility to protect the security, safety, and health of its community. Background checks are required for positions that:

  • Are responsible for the health, safety and security of the university community and its students
  • Have access to restricted or private data, or controlled substances
  • Have broad access to facilities
  • Have financial and business officer responsibilities
  • Have roles as senior administrators

Understand Your Role

A background check is a shared responsibility between the HR staff in both the department and central offices.

  • The department is responsible for gathering the candidate information
  • HR submits and monitors the request  

Next Steps

  • HR will update the UB Jobs hiring proposal with the final outcome once the check is complete
  • HR will send monthly interdepartmental invoices for payment of completed checks  

A background check takes 3-5 business days to complete.

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Contact An Expert

  • Julia Borkowski.

    Julia Borkowski

    Recruitment and Position Specialist

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road

    Phone: 716-645-4438; Fax: 716-645-2724

    Email: jlborkow@buffalo.edu

  • Photo of Nayema Chowdhury.

    Nayema Chowdhury

    Recruitment and Position Specialist

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road

    Phone: 716-645-8170; Fax: 716-645-2724

    Email: nayemach@buffalo.edu

  • anthony greco.

    Anthony Grieco

    Recruitment and Position Specialist

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road

    Phone: 716-645-4483; Fax: 716-645-2724

    Email: ajgrieco@buffalo.edu

  • lauren merletti.

    Lauren Merletti

    Recruitment and Position Specialist

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road

    Phone: 716-645-4529; Fax: 716-645-2724

    Email: ljmerlet@buffalo.edu

  • Delorian Miller.

    Delorian Miller

    Senior Classification and Compensation Analyst

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road

    Phone: 716-645-4432; Fax: 716-645-2724

    Email: dem34@buffalo.edu

  • Lawniece Nichols.

    Lawniece Nichols

    Recruitment and Position Specialist

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road

    Phone: 716-645-4434; Fax: 716-645-2724

    Email: ldw4@buffalo.edu

  • mary jo serafini.

    Mary Jo Serafini

    Regional Director, Upstate New York HERC and Recruitment and Position Specialist

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road

    Phone: 716-645-8172; Fax: 716-645-2724

    Email: serafini@buffalo.edu

  • Photo of Sanjida Uddin.

    Sanjida Uddin

    Recruitment and Position Specialist

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Townsend Hall, 205 Hayes Road

    Phone: 716-645-4436; Fax: 716-645-2724

    Email: suddin@buffalo.edu

  • Photo of Jamie Lynn Bluhm.

    Jamie Lynn Bluhm

    Director

    Workforce Planning and Recruitment

    Phone: 716-645-4433

    Email: jlbluhm@buffalo.edu