Ohio State University Background Checks Evolving

In March – Ohio State University (OSU) experienced a workplace shooting when a third-shift custodial worker shot and killed a supervisor and then himself. The shooter, Nathaniel Brown, was hired in 2009 and the university’s standard background check failed to pick up a felony conviction for receiving stolen property.

The university has identified gaps in their procedures, and is now focusing on including faculty members and even students in the mix. Background checks lower the odds of violence of campus, “but even perfect background checks don’t guarantee that someone won’t…do something terrible,” said Martha Garland, vice president for Student Life.