We were informed today via an all-UUA staff email (without Beacon Press) that we are mandated to submit to a background check effective immediately. This is public policy now for the UUA, for the following reasons:
1) To ensure the safety of children, youth and vulnerable adults that visit the UUA headquarters and our offices
2) To ensure the safety of UUA employees
3) To model the practice that we are asking of our congregations and
4) To reduce the liability to the UUA in the event of a suit. This new policy was announced at the All Staff Meeting today.
We have until September 30th, 2005 to complete a Disclosure Statement.