Tennessee State Law Requires Background Checks for RAs

Tennessee state legislators approved a new law that requires colleges and universities to run a criminal background check on their resident assistants (RAs). The measure was approved after a concerned parent pushed for the legislation.


A resident of the University of Tennessee contact state Senator Delores Gresham after learning that checks for criminal history were not required. The resident was among a group of students who had surveillance cameras planted in their rooms by a former RA.


The student’s mother said, “It doesn’t lessen or minimize what happened to my daughter and her friends, but it makes us feel like we have accomplished something and hopefully prevent this from happening again.”

The RA in question was convicted of seven separate charges included burglary, arson, harassment and stalking.

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