2-Year college system completes background checks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Background checks have been completed on all those employed through Alabama's two-year college system, and 73 of more than 9,000 employees had confirmed felony records.

Chancellor Bradley Byrne announced Thursday that 23 of those were retained after being reviewed, eight were terminated, four left voluntarily, six were not renewed and 32 are still being reviewed.

The board approved a policy last December that generally prohibits the hiring of those convicted of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude.

That required background checks on all employees.

Byrne said the checks had an unintended benefit - 37 employees learned they were victims of identity theft when their backgrounds were checked.

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