Regents OK Background Checks for University Employees

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a policy allowing criminal background checks for job applicants at the state's six universities.

The new policy is being adopted after the discovery of several convicted felons working in a department at the University of Kansas.

The policy adopted Wednesday makes exceptions for student and temporary workers, but all other new employees are subject to criminal background checks. That includes a review of the sex offender registry.

KU Provost Richard Lariviere was a dean at University of Texas-Austin when a similar system was launched. He says some faculty members and administrators complained when it was implemented, but the policy did not interfere with recruiting.

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