Why do companies run background checks? Often, applicants are screened in order to protect company assets, ensure the safety of employees and customers, and confirm qualifications and resume claims. So why, then, have fraternities and sororities started performing background checks on potential new members? One word – reputation.
Jeremiah Lemons, president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, stated, “I think my fraternity specifically does that just to make sure that the new members are quality people. You never want anyone who is been in a negative light or anything like that to come into an organization and give that organization that negative light that they cast.”