All CHAD majors are required to complete CHAD 496 and this course will be taught at the Center for Children and Families (CCF), on campus. As part of their licensing requirement, the CCF will only allow students with clear background checks to take the course at the Center.
In order to complete the background check process, students will need to complete the first two tasks no earlier than one year (Livescan and TB tests are good for one year) and no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they take CHAD 496 (or any course that requires contact with minors).
The third task must be completed no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they enroll in CHAD 496.
Students must make arrangements to have all required background check and immunization paperwork submitted to the CCF for the semester in which they will be at the CCF.
The deadline for Spring 2018 is January 3, 2018. If students fail to provide copies of these documents to the CCF by this time they will be dropped from the CHAD 496 course.
Be advised that if you have a prior misdemeanor or felony conviction, your background check may be flagged. The CCF will determine whether the student will be allowed to work with children, and the university has no authority to overrule this decision. If the CCF notifies the CHAD Program Director that a student is ineligible, the student will be disenrolled from the CHAD 496 course and required to meet with the CHAD Program Director to discuss choice of major. Failure to complete all of the required screening in the stated timeframe will result in the student being disenrolled from the course. If a student knows that he/she may have difficulty cleaaring the background check, the student should review the information provided to determine whether the issue can be cleared.
Screening for other courses NOT meeting at the CCF (CHAD 450 Practicum, PSYC 495 Field
Study, PSYC 499 Independent Research, or EDUC 380/HD 380):
If students opt to conduct Field Studies or Research at facilities outside of the CCF as part of their satisfaction of major requirements in Cluster E, they may be required to submit to additional screening (e.g., drug testing). Students must they must complete and obtain a clear background check and any additional screening no earlier than one year and no later than three weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they will begin the course. These requirements are agency-specific, therefore no information about particular tests is provided here; students must consult with the agency.
Students who know they cannot pass the background check should consult with the CHAD Program Director (SBufferd@csusm.edu) to discuss the options for another major. PLEASE NOTE: All CHAD majors must sign the Acknowledgement of Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) Program Required Background Checks letter when they declare the major and return it to Dr. Sara Bufferd, CHAD Program Director, in the Psychology Office (SBSB 3222) or e-mail it to Ms. Sara Petros at SPetros@csusm.edu.