The University of Akron is backing away from a controversial new policy, which appears to be the first in the nation, saying that new hires can be DNA tested as part of a background check.
William Rich, the vice chairman of the Ohio university’s Faculty Senate, said late Thursday that the administration was now willing to remove references to DNA testing from its background check policy.
As CBSNews.com reported last week, the university’s board of trustees adopted a rule saying a “DNA sample for purpose of a federal criminal background check” may be collected from any prospective faculty, staff, or contractor. That policy, which includes no explicit privacy guarantees, appears to violate a federal law that takes effect on November 21 called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
Read more… University Removes New-Hire DNA Testing From It’s Background Check Policy.
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