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Minors on Campus (Act 73) Background Checks

Drexel is committed to protecting the safety, security and health of its students, faculty and professional staff members, volunteers, non-employee associates and others, as well as safeguarding the interests of Drexel. As part of its efforts to create a safe work and study environment, Drexel requires that background checks be conducted on faculty and professional staff members, volunteers, and non-employee associates as a condition of employment or assignment (in the case of volunteers).

Background checks are the first and most effective means of protecting minors from abuse by screening out potential abusers before they interact and have contact with minors. In addition to any of the background checks required based upon position/assignment, job responsibilities or services, all Drexel faculty, professional staff members, including those affiliated with a collective bargaining unit, student workers, volunteers, temporary staff, non-employee associates, and finalist candidates seeking employment at Drexel with a significant likelihood of regular contact with minors or one-on-one or small group contact with minors are required to be background screened as follows as required by the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Act:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI Fingerprint Check

Individuals who have been identified as having a significant likelihood of regular contact with minors or one-on-one or small group contact with minors will receive an email from Monée Pressley in Human Resources the week of April 14, 2014. Compliance with the University’s Background Checks Policy is a condition of your employment with Drexel University and a critical part of our continued efforts to provide the safest possible environment for all members of the Drexel community. Beginning April 29, 2014, background checks will be conducted.

Required Identification Needed to Bring to Background Check Appointment

You will be required to show identification before the background check is conducted. Identification documents must be current, valid, unexpired and contain a photo. FBI fingerprinting will not be conducted if an acceptable photo ID is not produced.

Acceptable Identification Documents (only one is required):
  • Driver’s License
  • Identification Card issued by federal or state government
  • U.S. Passport
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N560)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N550)
  • I-551 Permanent Resident Card Issued since 1997
  • I-766 Employment Authorization Card
  • Valid Photo ID from Foreign Country

Completed Documents Required on Day of Background Check Appointment:

  1. HireRight Consumer Disclosure and Authorization Form. This release and disclosure form authorizes Drexel to conduct the background checks. It also provides a summary of rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Please complete the form and bring it with you to your background check appointment.
  2. Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check (PATCH). Please complete the form and bring it with you to your background check appointment.
  3. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. This form asks for historical information related to previous names, addresses and household members dating back to 1975. Please complete the form and bring it with you to your background check appointment.

    Other Information

    • If you have rough or dry hands, please make sure to use a moisturizer for two or three days before being fingerprinted.
    • Identification Card issued by federal or state government.
    • Arrive on time.
    • Wash your hands before arriving.
    • This is an electronic fingerprinting process. Therefore, no ink is used.
    • A small percentage of people are difficult to obtain good prints from due to a variety of reasons*. Within the 5 minute appointment time, we will try to obtain the best prints possible.

    *A small percentage of submitted prints are rejected by the FBI. If rejected, you will be contacted to schedule a new appointment for retaking prints.

    LiveScan is the state of the art fingerprinting system which allows electronic scanning of fingerprints, as well as electronic submission to the FBI. Results of the criminal history/background check are available within one week.

    After the identity of the individual has been established, all ten fingers are scanned to complete the process. The entire fingerprint capture process should take no more than three to five minutes. The individual’s scanned fingerprints and registration information will be electronically transmitted by 3M Cogent via Cogent’s approved channeling process directly to the FBI. The fingerprints are run against the FBI database, and the report is sent directly from the FBI back to 3M Cogent. 3M Cogent maintains the reports for one year from the date of the report on a secure server (accessible by school entities). After one year, the reports are destroyed. Neither PDE or the FBI or 3M Cogent stores an applicant’s fingerprints. If an applicant is required to obtain a new report, the applicant must be fingerprinted again in order to obtain the report.

    The unofficial paper copy of an applicant's report will be maintained by 3M Cogent for 30 days from their original mailing date. After 30 days, the copy will no longer be accessible. An applicant who does not recall having received the unofficial copy should contact 3M Cogent within 30 days of their fingerprint date, before the storage limitation time has been reached.

    Human Resources will be able to review the results of FBI fingerprinting online within 7 days. The individual will be mailed an unofficial copy of the results within 10 days.

    Human Resources will be able to review the results of FBI fingerprinting online within 7 days. The individual will be mailed an unofficial copy of the results within 10 days. Thank you for your support and cooperation in this important process. If you have any questions related to this correspondence, or if your role at Drexel has changed and you no longer have a significant likelihood of regular contact with minors, please respond to Monee Pressley via email at mnp56@drexel.edu or via phone at 215.895.6245.

    Schedule of Act 73 Background Checks

Location Date Hours Room/Building
Center City Tues, April 29th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Stiles Hall, 325 N. 15th Street
Center City Wed, April 30th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Stiles Hall, 325 N. 15th Street
Center City Thurs, May 1st 8a-12p and 1p-5p Stiles Hall, 325 N. 15th Street
ANS Sun, May 4th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Bird Hall, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
ANS Mon, May 5th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Darwin Hall, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
ANS Tues, May 6th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Bird Hall, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
ANS Wed, May 7th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Bird Hall, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
ANS Thurs, May 8th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Darwin Hall, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
ANS Sat, May 10th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Bird Hall, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
University City Mon, May 12th 8a-12p and 1p-5p James E. Marks Intercultural Center MPR, Lower Level, 33rd & Chestnut Streets
University City Wed, May 14th 8a-12p and 1p-4p Liberty View Room, 6th Floor of MacAlister Hall, 33rd & Chestnut Streets
University City Thurs, May 15th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Paul Peck Alumni Center, on Market Street between 31st & 32nd Streets
University City Fri, May 16th 8a-12p and 1p-5p James E. Marks Intercultural Center MPR, Lower Level, 33rd & Chestnut Streets
ANS Sat, May 17th 8a-12p and 1p-5p Bird Hall. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
University City Mon, May 19th 8a-12p and 1p-5p James E. Marks Intercultural Center MPR, Lower Level, 33rd & Chestnut Streets
University City Tues, May 20th 8a-12p and 1p-5p James E. Marks Intercultural Center MPR, Lower Level, 33rd & Chestnut Streets