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Criminal Background Check for Teacher Licensure
Policy

Document Number: SOEDU--101 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 03/06/2012

General Description
Description:

Information about background checks and State Department of Education policies related to this area.


Purpose:

Delineation of state and university policy.


Responsibility: Academic Affairs
Deans
VP for Academic Affairs

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Requirements
Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy
State statutes

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions
1.

Criminal Background Check for Teacher Licensure


CU students who declare an education-related major or major qualifying them for initial teacher licensure MUST submit to background check and fingerprinting procedures.

This is to be done while the undergraduate candidates are enrolled in ED 201, Education as a Profession. Graduate candidates in an MAE program track leading to initial teaching or adminstrative licensure must complete a background check upon entering the program. A second background check may be required by the host school during student teaching.

 

To begin the background check please click here www.l1enrollment.com/ . Should you have any problems please contact L-1 Identity Solutions at 855-226-2936.

For written instructions on completing the background check, including ORI number, applicant type and type of agency  please click here

 

If you need further assistance please contact Courtney  Martin, School of Education & Public Service Administrative Assistant at cmartin@cumberland.edu

 

You will need to have a credit card available for a payment of $48.00. You will need to enter the correct Applicant Type and enter Cumberland University's ORI Number which you can find here.

 

Once you have completed this 5-7 minute process, print the final screen and take the sheet to the fingerprinting location.

 

A background check is only as good as the moment it is issued; therefore, School of Education students or candidates in a program leading to initial licensure must sign the following statement stating that they agree to notify the School of Education of any incident that will alter the status of their initial background check (print, sign and bring or send the statement to the School of Education office to be filed.)

 

If a background check is returned by the TBI to the university indicating a record with the courts, the university will follow this procedure. Anyone with a felony background is INELIGIBLE for teacher licensure in the state, and therefore will be assisted in determining another appropriate major or otherwise asked to leave the program.


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Attachments
Rules of the State Department of Education
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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts

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