UW System Audit Recommends More Background Checks For Employees Who Work With Minors

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A new University of Wisconsin System audit recommends that university officials expand the use of background checks for employees who work with children.

The audit, conducted by UW System's Office of Operations Review and Audit, was assigned in November in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University. The UW Board of Regents will review it at its meeting Thursday in Milwaukee.

Although most UW System students are adults, tens of thousands of children come to campuses for pre-college programs, camps, clinics, lessons, theater programs, sports tournaments and more, according to the report.

All new hires in the UW System must undergo a criminal background check as of December 2006. Also, Gov. Scott Walker signed an executive order in January requiring all UW System employees to report suspected child abuse or neglect immediately.

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