Why order Student Screening?
Research Services works with schools to verify not only faculty members but students as well. We work with several colleges and universities who have programs that include off-campus clinical work. Healthcare programs are the most common in this field. They need to do their clinical work at nearby hospitals. These hospitals require students to pass a background check before they are allowed on-site. They will not allow any risk to their employees or patients from any outside sources. On top of the basic criminal check, we also offer specialized services.
Connecticut PA 16-67 Screening
Effective July 1, 2016, local/regional boards of education, governing councils of state/local charter schools and each interdistrict magnet school operators are required to perform specific background checks on everyone who has the possibility of coming in contact with a student. This new law(PA 16-67) requires schools to do the following tasks, which Research Services can aid you in completing.
Common Searches for Students may Include:
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) check will look into the Central Registry of Child Abuse & Neglect. Contractors, employees and volunteers will have to be cleared before they can start work and potentially come in contact with children. Research Services can help lessen your burden by staying on top of the state requirements and let you focus on caring for the children. We will send the DCF request and include the verified form in your report.
You should always check with the official CT.Gov page to check for new versions of the DCF form.
The second piece of the new law is the educational employer verification. This form will be sent to all companies where the subject indicates having had contact with children. Schools have been following this procedure, going back twenty years, but you should always seek outside counsel to make sure you are covering everything you need. Research Services has been helping our clients with sending these to former employers. Based on information availability, we will fax, email and mail the verifications so we get the fastest response for our clients. We have seen some applicants with 10 to 20 verifications.
Research Services does not provide fingerprinting. However, we have been providing prescreening searches since the beginning of the new PA 16-67 law. As you know fingerprinting results can take weeks, if not months, to come back. During this time frame, schools can employ the applicant contingent on the background report coming back clear. Schools can use our prescreen services prior to fingerprinting or while waiting for fingerprinting results to come back.