Since Utah enacted the Higher Education Criminal Background Checks bill, effective May 1, 2009, Weber State University's The Signpost found that eight individuals with felonies or serious misdemeanors were employed by the university. Three of those individuals no longer work for the school.
The law requires criminal background checks for new employees in higher education. Anyone applying for a position that would have "significant contact with a minor or a position that is security-sensitive" must submit to a criminal background check as a condition of employment.
Weber State University takes electronic fingerprints from applicants and sends them to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, using a federal criminal database, before making a final offer of employment.
Read more from the two-part investigative series: Part 1 and Part 2.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Investigation Finds Felons Working in Higher Education
Posted by National Freedom of Information Coalition at 6:09 PM
Labels: backgrounding, criminal records, universities, Utah
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