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Background Checks and Drug Screening for Students
On January 1, 2004, the Joint Commission updated regulations for accreditation of hospitals, home health agencies, clinics, and other facilities to gain or maintain accreditation status. One of these regulations requires all persons – including employees, volunteers, AND STUDENTS – to have a criminal background check. Other evaluations, such as a drug screening may also be required.
Initiating the Background Check
Prior to final acceptance and enrollment in classes, accepted applicants will be directed to have a background check completed by Validity Screening Solutions. Reports will be provided to the school and then reviewed by the Office of the Dean. Acceptance to a program will not be final until KU has received the background check report.
The background check performed by Validity Screening Solutions includes the following:
- Social Security Number Trace (primarily serves as an address/identity verification tool)
- Criminal History (felony/misdemeanor convictions/pending cases at county, state, and federal levels)
- OIG/GSA (searches Office of Inspector General and General Service Administration for fraud against any federally funded health care program, i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, etc.)
- Multi-State Sex Offender Registry
- Global Screen
- Employment Verification
The student must pay the one-time fee directly to Validity. KU requires only one background check prior to official acceptance into an academic program. Please be aware that while most health care facilities with whom KU has affiliation contracts will accept this verification of a background check, some may require a more current report.
International students: students arriving to the U.S. for the first time are not required to provide a background check since one has already been completed as part of the visa process. However, if the applicant has spent more than 30 days in the U.S. after receiving the visa, a new background check will be required.
Most clinical sites require a drug screening in addition to the background check. To fulfill this requirement, please follow the instructions in the box along the right side of this page.
The school will also conduct an employment disqualified list check for enrolled students. This check reviews Missouri records for any individuals disqualified from working in a health care facility in that state. Students will not provide additional information for this check, nor does this require an additional fee or expense. Results will be sent to the Office of the Dean and stored in a confidential file.
Students going to a Missouri hospital for a clinical rotation may also need to complete the Missouri Department of Mental Health Disqualification Registry Report. Contact the Office of the Dean if assigned to a clinical rotation in Missouri.
Should a background check or report come back with an unacceptable offense, the school will review the information and make a decision on the applicant's eligibility. The department will then notify the applicant regarding their status to enter a program in the school. These cases will be considered individually and, under extenuating circumstances, an exception could be made. Normally, the following convictions will prevent admission:
- Felony convictions
- Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse)
- Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.)
- Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
- Registered sex offenders
- OIG, GSA and Medicaid Sanctions
If there is a conviction that does not disqualify the applicant/student from a program and subsequent affiliation, the student should be aware that this may not be the case for the professional certifying agency. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not the conviction will prevent them from taking a certification or qualifying examination upon completion of an academic program.
For specific details and instructions for completing these requirements, please see the instructions in the box along the right side of this page.