Getting a job at the University of Akron could require a DNA sample

Getting a job at the University of Akron could require a DNA sample

by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted October 29, 2009 in DNA and the Law

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Want a Job? Submit your DNA

The University of Akron is requiring that new employees must undergo a criminal background check and possibly a DNA sample.

Applicants will be asked to submit fingerprints and at the discretion of The University of Akron may be asked to submit a DNA sample for the purpose of a federal criminal background check.

~University of Akron Criminal Background Checks for Potential University Employees, effective August 12, 2009

Would you submit your DNA to get a job?

For more, see Inside Higher Ed and Taking Liberties at CBS News



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Comment by Jhay

How would we know that the DNA samples they’d collect would only be used for screening purposes and not some covert research they’re undertaking?

Is this even legal?

Jhay, Depends on how much you trust the uni, I suppose.

Comment by Wellescent Health Subscribed to comments via email

I would be rather concerned about the collection of DNA unless the practice was highly regulated to ensure that it was only used to run a predefined set of tests and the material was then destroyed. If however, it is collected as a sample to be stored in perpetuity for the length of one’s employment and beyond, there is significant concern regarding the ways in which it might be used.

Thanks for the great points you made!

Comment by Matt Williams

Please take a moment to sign the petition calling on The University of Akron to rescind the provision of Rule 3359-11-22 which enables the university to collect DNA samples from prospective employees. The petition was started online by Matt Williams and is available at


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