Criminal Background Study
A background study involves reviewing specific individual records by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Routine background studies include a review of criminal history information maintained by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) along with records of substantiated maltreatment of vulnerable adults and minors from investigations completed by county adult and child protection staff, the Minnesota DHS, and Minnesota Department of Health.
In some cases, additional records are also reviewed. Information related to criminal background studies can be found by visiting Minnesota DHS Background Studies.
Some educational programs have specific courses that require you to receive background study clearance to meet course or field/clinical agency requirements. In certain instances, the administrator may notify you that further progression in the educational program is not feasible due to your background check status. If you are enrolled in classes that require a background clearance and subsequently do not receive clearance, you will not have the opportunity to pass the class, and you will not qualify for a refund.
As a student enrolled in an Education department course, you will be required to complete a background study and receive background study clearance to complete the course.
If you participate in field experience/community-based learning, you may need to complete a criminal background study. Many school districts and community partners require background studies before you can serve at their organizations. During your first week of the semester, your instructor will inform you about the process for completing the criminal background check if required in a specific course.