UW System to consider tightening hiring policies to weed out sexual harassers

At the request of Gov. Scott Walker, the University of Wisconsin System next week will consider tightening its hiring processes and reference checks to keep potential employees with a history of sexual harassment from slipping through the cracks.

A proposed policy change would require all UW campuses to share personnel files of current or former employees with other UW campuses or state agencies as part of a hiring review. It also would require campuses to appropriately document any allegations or investigations of sexual harassment in personnel files.

The change was prompted in part by a Stevens Point Journal report about a UW-Stevens Point assistant dean who sexually harassed an employee of a campus vendor, then landed the same job at UW-Eau Claire after reference checks failed to turn up his history.

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