It Must Have Been the Blog: University of Kansas Considers Background Checks
October 19, 2007
Beware colleges and universities. If you end up getting called out in this blog for failure to protect your school, it is only a matter of time until you change your tune. Last month we highlighted an incident at Colorado University where a school employer with a criminal past stabbed a student. No background check was conducted. This blogger was the first to tell you about it (maybe not) and the school quickly announced that their non-screening days were over.
So it was no surprise to me when the University of Kansas said that they will reconsider their policies on conducting employee background checks after we called them out earlier this week. (Please feel free to clap for me while I am patting myself on the back).
Seriously, it is a wonder to me that in this day and age any organization, corporation or academic institution needs to be convinced that employment background checks are a good idea. Not conducting them is simply mismanagement and neglect of the organization itself, its employees and the people they serve. It does seem that the last bastion of those putting their heads in the sand are our nation’s universities and it is time for change.