MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The results are in and the Alabama Community College System is celebrating Thursday.
After a three month long round of background checks the system says less than 1% of its employees were found to have felony records. The total number of employees with a record was finalized at 73.
Chancellor Bradley Byrne says "This is very good news for ACCS employees" adding that most of the criminal records were for low-level, older crimes.
There was a surprise benefit that came out of the search. Thirty-seven employees learned from the background scan that they had been victims of identity theft, something they might not have learned otherwise.
The system-wide background search was done by the investigative firm called The Integrity Group. The company sifted through the background of some 9,400 full and part-time employees.
The system employees approximately 10,500 people, some of whom had already undergone the check recently.
Of the 73 employees with confirmed felony records:
- 23 have been retained (as of September 30) because the president and chancellor agreed that the crime happened a long time ago, was not serious enough to warrant concern, and that the employee has been a valuable member of the institution.
- 8 were terminated
- 4 left voluntarily
- 6 were non-renewed
- 32 are still under review by either the chancellor or the institution's president