Fingerprint-Based Background Check
Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all students in teacher or educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. The procedures for obtaining the background checks and the length of time they are valid is established by the State Department of Education and the local RESC, and cannot be changed. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it. As part of the background check, students need to be fingerprinted. Students who fail to pass the background check may be unable to complete their chosen degree or certification program at Central Connecticut State University. The University is not responsible for a student’s inability to complete their chosen degree or certification program.
Students who are currently employed in the Public Schools but whose fingerprinting is not current or was not completed through CREC may be required to complete the background check again before participating in field experiences in the schools. Current school employees with background checks in place but who are placed in field experiences outside of the district where they are employed may also be required to complete a new background check.