Triblive.com reports that a recent audit revealed that although the University of Pittsburgh required background checks for people working at its youth camps, officials failed to follow up to see whether or not the backgrounds were actually completed.
In 2012, the school implemented a policy that required coaches and academic sponsors to run background checks on all adults working with minors. An audit of eight youth camp programs (out of 61 total programs), which reviewed records from 2010-2013, indicated that there were missing criminal, child abuse and federal background checks on a number of adults.
On a positive note, when the university learned of this, it immediately began checking the records and has since taken steps to make sure that all coaches, staff and volunteers working with children on campus have undergone the proper background checks. And according to the Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, it began doing so while the audit was ongoing, rather than waiting until everything was done.
From the number of blogs we have published recently about new and updated background check policies at schools and colleges in Pennsylvania, it is clear lawmakers and others in the state are serious about safety. Requiring background screening (and not just a one time check, but also repeating employee background checks at regular intervals) is a big move toward maintaining safety not just for minors on campuses, but for everyone who works, studies or plays there.