General Instructions for Obtaining Background
Prior to your
internship or fieldwork placement, you may be required by the
placement site to undergo a criminal background check. You
will be informed by your placement coordinator or course
instructor if you need a background check, and what specific
type of background check is needed for the facility.
Criminal background checks will be obtained at your own expense.
University’s College of Health Professions does not require
any student to undergo a criminal background investigation. The
requirement comes from the placement site.
placement is in a school system, either public or private,
please contact the College of Education’s
Center for Professional Practice (CPP) for instructions on
how to obtain your criminal background check. You can contact
the CPP by calling 410-704-2567 or visit its website at http://wwwnew.towson.edu/coe/cpp/.
placement is not in an educational setting, you will need to
make your own arrangements to obtain your criminal background
check. Some placements will require fingerprinting and/or drug
screening in addition to a background check. It is your
responsibility to confirm the requirements of your site.
You may go to
any of the numerous private companies that provide criminal
background checks. Towson University’s College of Health
Professions works with several companies, listed below, that you
may utilize in order to obtain your background check. These
companies have no signed contract with Towson University but
provide a portal for our students to make the process as
efficient and inexpensive as possible.
hospitals and health care organizations have chosen to adopt the
policies and procedures recommended by the Maryland Hospital
Association (MHA). These facilities may require students to use
a specific company called StudentCheck to obtain their
background checks. Other facilities accept criminal background
checks from any company. Please refer to the list of facilities
that have adopted MHA policies on the College of Health
Professions website under “Internships and Clinical Placements”
The results of
the background check will be shared only between you and your
placement site. Towson University will not have access to
the results of your criminal background check.
In order to
have a background check completed you must have:
computer with an internet connection
instructions are as follows:
StudentCheck - Instructions
following url into the address bar on your Internet browser:
drop-down menu select Towson University – College of Health
all required information and select “continue”.
test is completed (about 48-72 hours), your placement site will
be able to review the results. If your site rejects you on the
basis of your background check results, StudentCheck will send
you a letter and a copy of your report through registered mail.
You will have five business days to respond, as required by the
Fair Credit Reporting Act. Students should contact StudentCheck,
and indicate they are refuting some information and would like
to work with a company representative to resolve the disputed
findings. Please provide your current mailing address on the
online application. At the end of that five day period, your
background check will be resubmitted to the placement site.
You will ONLY receive a copy of your background check report if
it contains adverse information. “Clear” background checks
results are only available to your through a separate request
placement site requires you to complete drug testing, please
pick up a lab slip (Chain of Custody form) from your academic
Chain of Custody form to any Quest Diagnostics lab to have the
drug test completed. Please be sure to have proper
identification with you.
results of the drug test will be submitted to the placement site
You will not
be allowed to initiate your placement until this process is
completed and your site has accepted you.
checks provided by
College of Health Professions
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