It Must Have Been the Blog: University of Kansas Considers Background Checks

Nick Fishman

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.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but you really do not deserve the pat on the back. I’m very surprised that you are taking credit for something that you clearly did not bring to their attention. First of all you are treating the Univeristy like they are not intelligent enough to know about this issue themselves. I would strongly recommend that you take this blog off of your site because it makes you look dim-witted and arrogant.

  • Nick Fishman

    Sorry you didn’t get the sarcasm. Regarding the university’s intelligence, I think that it should be questioned on this topic.