Monday, December 22, 2014

SCSU let accused professor teach before required background check, records show

By Jennifer Swift
Register Staff
NEW HAVEN >> A man accused of an illegal sexual relationship with a high school student was permitted to teach at Southern Connecticut State University for several weeks this fall before the university’s completion of a mandated background check flagged the allegations, records show.
The university must complete a background check on all employees, as per university and state policy, but documents show William Friskey was allowed to teach before his screenings were completed. The information, contained in memos and emails, was obtained through a Freedom of Information request submitted by the New Haven Register.
The emails and memos show that even after a department head was told Friskey was not allowed in a classroom before the background check was completed, he was allowed to continue teaching.

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