Does Yale Do ‘Proper’ Background Checks?

Jason Morris

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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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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