Background checks to become routine procedure, chancellor says
CU Chancellor Bud Peterson announced Monday at a press conference that the university will begin to conduct background checks on all new employees, both permanent and temporary.
The announcement comes just hours after a former UMC employee with a long criminal history allegedly cut a student’s throat in front of the UMC.
The chancellor also said the university was planning to continue to do background checks on certain existing employees.
The suspected assailant, Kenton Astin, 39, of Boulder, was referred to campus employment by the Chinook Clubhouse, he said.
“The Chinook Clubhouse is dedicated to providing disabled individuals with a chance to re-enter the workforce, and a relationship between the university and this organization has existed for 17 years,” Chancellor Peterson said.
But this relationship will undergo a “comprehensive review,” he said, and pending that review, all employees from Chinook working at the university will be put on temporary paid leave.
The university has also made counseling available to any student, staff or faculty member who needed it.
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