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.