The School of Education strives to produce educators who model high standards before their peers and who have dedicated their lives to education. In keeping with this mission, our students complete a variety of field experiences in K-12 school systems as part of their programs. Background checks have become a requirement in our partnerships with these schools. Out of respect for this change in climate, we require all students to complete a background check through American Databank (ADB). Please note the following information:
Background check purchase (receipt) through ADB will be required to register for all education courses after 6 credit hours have been completed in the program. Completion and clearance of the background check will be required for education courses which require a field experience as well as student teaching and internship. You will not be able to register for these courses without background check receipt and clearance. Please see below for information on convictions and findings that may result in a student’s inability to be enrolled in a practicum course and/or dismissal from the program.
A felony or other conviction reported on the background check may result in a student’s ineligibility for field practicum placement or required licensure, and may result in dismissal from the program. The School of Education reserves the right to dismiss students from the program for convictions that can affect the safety and well-being of children and adolescents. The School of Education administration has adopted standards that mirror the Virginia Department of Education licensure regulations to determine the infractions that may lead to program dismissal in programs that have a field practicum or include licensure from the Virginia Department of Education.
According to the Virginia Department of Education licensure regulations, disqualifying infractions include –
A student is entitled to an individualized determination on a program dismissal decision. The student may provide sufficient information and document to demonstrate that he or she does not pose a danger to the safety and well-being of children and adolescents, and possesses the essential character traits required for placement in a professional practicum field placement and/or required licensure. The School of Education review all material presented to make the final determination as to whether the student will be found ineligible for field placement and/or required licensure dismissed from the program.
Questions concerning the background check may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.