Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and the state of Connecticut have a policy that all employees must undergo a background check. The New Haven Register reports that despite this policy, a man who was “accused of an illegal sexual relationship with a high school student was permitted to teach at Southern Connecticut State University for several weeks this fall before the university’s completion of a mandated background check flagged the allegations…”
William Frisky, the man charged with the crime, continued to teach until the results of the background check disclosed that the charges were pending. It was only then that he was removed from his post. The article stated that he was allowed to teach even though “a department head was told Frisky was not allowed in a classroom before the background check was completed.”
The Register reports that in December 2014 Frisky pled guilty of the charge of felony second-degree sexual assault, and he will be sentenced in February.
Hiring someone contingent on the results of a background check is fine, but allowing that person to work prior to receiving the information does not do anyone any good. The resulting negative press if something is discovered is not something school officials want. But more importantly, allowing someone to teach prior to receiving the results of the background check could have put students at risk. And mitigating risk is why schools do background checks on employees.