March 25, 2020

UPDATED: Court Closures

Download a list of court closures related to the COVID-19 response. (Last updated March 25, 2020)

March 23, 2020

ALERT: Business Continuity

In light of the “Stay at Home” order announced Sunday March 22, 2020 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, CIC would like you to understand our approach to business continuity and on-going customer services.

Beginning, Tuesday March 24, 2020, CIC staff will be working remotely. Our office location will be closed, however we will maintain business continuity and on-going customer services during normal business hours. Our convenient, fully-automated background screening system is available around the clock, and every order you place is monitored by our team of professional screening specialists for quality control, to ensure you get the most accurate information as quickly as possible.

Note: there will be delays in getting criminal records searches completed because of court closures (see below.) Education and Employment Verifications are similarly affected. If you have questions or concerns, please call 419.874.2201.

March 17, 2020

ALERT: COVID-19 Impact and Response

Corporate Intelligence Consultants is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and helping our customers to do the same. As such, we are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We want to share with you the actions we are taking to help protect our employees and customers.

We advised our employees to follow the public health authorities' guidance regarding hygiene and personal travel, and we reinforced employees who exhibit flu-like symptoms to stay home and consult with a medical professional. We limited business travel and encouraged employees to leverage technology to maintain business duties as we can.

We have measures in place so that we can complete business needs and will keep you updated on our Action Plan. If needed, we will have staff working from home to maintain our level of service.

We have been seeing some closures in various court systems which affect our ability to research criminal records. In addition, with schools closings in certain areas, we are seeing delays in education verifications. This is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor these areas and update you as information becomes available.

We appreciate the trust that you place in Corporate Intelligence Consultants. We are prepared to take actions necessary to help keep our employees and customers safe while providing the products and services you need to run your business. For further information please contact our office. 419.874.2201

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Blog & News

CIC offers news and updates to employers about the latest laws, trends and risks related to hiring, fraud, and drugs or violence in the workplace.

Diploma Mills

Let’s revisit the disturbing reality of Diploma Mills. Unfortunately, they are still a factor to be dealt with and Employers need to be aware of the reality that there might be candidates out there who are attempting to promote themselves as college graduates when, in fact, they are frauds. Be certain of this, the Diploma Mills are here to stay.

It is a sad thing when an unsuspecting applicant looks for an on-line university and is lured in by the promise of a college degree for a little life experience and some cash. More often, however, applicants consciously make the decision to take a shortcut to their degree of choice and buy it instead or studying for and earning it.

Two of the most notorious Diploma Mills are Belford University and Almeda University. Both claim accreditation from multiple agencies, none of whom are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

As an experiment, you can do an advanced sort on LinkedIn and find members by the hundreds who have claimed degrees from these two bogus universities. A quick search of Almeda* University gave me 4508 hits and Belford** had 6959 hits – considerably larger numbers than reported in 2013. These hits were spread out in fields such as Administration, Sales, Engineering, IT, Operations, H.R., Consulting, and Finance. The holders of these degrees claimed titles such as VP, CXO, Owner and Director.

CIC is your first line of defense against fraudulent degrees. We have actively helped Employers expose applicants who have claimed to have degrees ranging from High School Diplomas to PhD’s. This phenomenon seems to fade and then resurge and lately we have seen a huge resurgence.

The moral of this story is that Diploma Mills are out there. They are active and ever changing. Be aware of them and let CIC help guide you through the Education Verification process for your applicants.

* Alameda was closed by legal action in Florida
** September 2012 - A Michigan Court fined Belford and its associates, operating out of Pakistan according to court documents, $22.7 million dollars for issuing fake degrees and diplomas at the college and high school levels and for issuing life experience degrees in the USA without proper accreditation.

Carolyn Klemett is the coordinator of our Pre-employment Screening Services at Corporate Intelligence Consultants. For more information about this article, please contact our offices at 1.800.573.2201 / 419.874.2201.

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