Updated Info on Ohio State Univ. Workplace Violence Incident
March 15, 2010
Earlier today, I wrote a post about the importance verifying a candidate’s date of birth before conducting a background check and used the workplace violence incident that took place at Ohio State as an example of what can go wrong. I pointed out that the applicant gave an incorrect date of birth and that the University failed to confirm the birth date by looking at his driver’s license.
I have since learned that this is not the case. I have now been told that it was the court where the conviction occurred who had the record filed under the wrong date of birth. If this is true then no matter what Ohio State and the background screener did, the background check would have been doomed from the start. Notwithstanding this information, the information we shared about the importance of confirming date of birth are still just as relevant.