BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

Students volunteering in the broader community � particularly those working with youth � are often required to present proof that they have cleared background checks overseen by the state or federal governments.  The most common among these are:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (Act 34);
  • Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), and;
  • Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) in a manner prescribed by the Department of Education (this is done through the FBI)

For the Spring 2013 Semester, Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli and Provost Vincent Price have authorized a pilot program to help undergraduates who require background checks to participate in University-sponsored service activities.  The University will work with an outside vendor, HireRight, to provide the two state-based background checks (Federal background checks will still be the responsibility of the student or their program).  A limited number of initiatives will be supported during this period to determine that the new system works as intended. 

WHAT PROGRAMS WILL BE PILOTED IN SPRING 2013?

Students who have not yet received clearances this academic year, and who will be participating in the following programs may contact the administrators listed for more information:

Civic House
West Philadelphia Tutoring Project

Nora Blumenstein, wptp@dolphin.upenn.edu

Netter Center for Community Partnerships
CSSP, UNI, ???

Yetunde Pinckney, myetunde@upenn.edu

Fox Leadership
Girl Scouts, �.
Maura Bernt, mbernt@sas.upenn.edu

Platt Performing Arts House
After School Arts

Laurie McCall, lmmcall@upenn.edu


WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?

Over the course of the semester, a group of student leaders and administrators will evaluate the pilot program and devise a process through which more students can be supported beginning in Fall 2013.  The group will communicate through this site, as well as other media.