Background Check Failure
Some students may have something in their record that will be flagged by a background
check. Examples include driving under the influence (DUI) convictions or minor drug
offenses. Depending on your criminal record history, one of the following will occur:
- You will pass the background check and will be able to take CHAD 496 and remain a
- Students with minor traffic violations and no other charges on their record should
be able to pass the background check.
- Students who have had charges successfully expunged from their record should be able
to pass the background check.
- You will fail the background check and will not be able to take CHAD 496 and cannot
remain a CHAD major.
- Your background check will be flagged and the exemption approval process can be initiated with your permission.
- This process can take up to 6 months; the CCF and the CHAD Program Director will not
be able to tell you how long the process will take.
- You will not be permitted to take CHAD 496 until the exemption approval has been granted. Therefore, we recommend starting the background check
process 6-12 months in advance of taking CHAD 496 to ensure they can try to take CHAD 496 in the desired semester.
- If you do not receive exemption approval, this counts as failure of the background
check and you cannot take CHAD 496 or remain a CHAD major.
- If you do receive exemption approval, note that this status and your name will be disclosed if a CCF staff member
or parent request this information as it is not confidential. However, the nature
of the offense would not be disclosed.
If a student does not pass a background check or receive exemption approval, no exceptions
can be made and the student cannot take CHAD 496 (and therefore must select another
major). In addition, we cannot guarantee that passing a background check for another course or center means you
will pass for CHAD 496.
If you have questions about something in your background:
In order to take the CHAD 496 Observation and Assessment Lab course at the Center
for Children and Families, students must clear the background check or receive exemption
approval. If a student does not pass the background check, they must contact Dr. Kim Pulvers, CHAD Program Director, to discuss declaring another major. Please also contact the
CHAD Program Director if you know in advance that you cannot pass the background check
for any reason to discuss your options.