Workplace Shooting Prompts Changes to Ohio State Staffing Policies

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Officials at Ohio State University (OSU) are seeking to implement new staffing procedures as a result of a workplace violence incident in March that left two people dead.

A week before the March 9 shooting, Nathaniel Brown, a custodial employee at the university, was told he was about to be fired. Brown shot two of his superiors, Larry Wallington and Henry Butler, because they had each given him a bad review. Wallington died at the scene, while Butler was hospitalized; however, he survived the shooting. Brown died after turning the gun on himself.

Employment recommendations include making termination immediate, and cutting off computer access immediately after a person is fired, reports

Additionally, all newly-hired employees will be required to undergo a background check, and OSU officials would be notified if the employee has been involved in any legal trouble. Prior to his hiring, Brown served time in prison for receiving stolen property; however, he did not disclose the information on his job application.

Before being approved, the changes to staff policies will be discussed with university committees, including the Faculty Council and University Staff Advisory Committee.

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