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Criminal Record Check

Purpose

Health care workers are in a position of public trust and as such, are required to have a criminal record check for employment in health care settings. This policy is to ensure that nursing students meet that same requirement, and are therefore eligible for all clinical placement opportunities during the program.

Policy

  1. Nursing students accepted for admission into the College of Nursing programs are required to provide the results of a criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector search, after admission, and as required for clinical experience through the program.
  2. Students failing to provide the results of a criminal record check will not be allowed to participate in any clinical experience requiring client care.
  3. Additional criminal record checks may be required by specific clinical agencies as a condition of placement. Failure to provide such information will result in the agency excluding the students from clinical experience.
  4. Any costs associated with the criminal record check will be the responsibility of the student.
  5. Students are required to report criminal convictions and/or outstanding charges that occur after the date of the original criminal record check to the Associate Dean of their site/program. Failure to report any criminal convictions and/or outstanding charges will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
    • Each reported criminal conviction and/or outstanding charge will be assessed to determine what, if any, impact the criminal conviction and/or outstanding charge will have on the student's status in the program.
  6. Current and potential students with criminal records may be counseled to seek a pardon.
  7. A copy of the criminal record check will be kept on file by the program and the original returned to the students.
  8. Criminal record check information will not be released to a third party without student consent.

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