Does Yale Do ‘Proper’ Background Checks?
September 17, 2009
Security at Yale Questioned After Employee Named ‘Person of Interest’ in Murder Case
After the release early Wednesday of Yale University employee Raymond Clark III — who was identified as a person of interest in the killing of Yale graduate student Annie Le — police now have DNA from his saliva, hair and fingernails. But what information did Yale have when it hired him in the first place?
Clark, who was taken into custody Tuesday but had no charges filed against him, has been described as anything from “a normal guy” to a controlling boyfriend with anger issues. And whether or not DNA tests lead to further investigation, the case raises the question of how a university that employs thousands can ensure the safety of its student employees from non-student workers. Most officials agree that the killer had access to the building and that the act was not random.
Yale employs a screening process and likely performed a background check on Clark, as the university’s Web site says it performs screenings on potential employees for positions ranging from “management & professional positions, clerical & technical positions and service & maintenance positions.” Questions to Yale’s Human Resources and Administration about its background policy were referred the Office of Public Affairs, which referred to the Web site. The Office of Public Affairs also said it was not discussing the case.
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