Background Checks offers industry leading background screening products and services designed to meet the specific needs of colleges and universities. We have solutions for the entire campus community, with flexible payment options and state representatives who specialize in the rules and regulations specific to each state. That's why more than 1 in 3 schools nationwide rely on us.

Why and Who Performs Student Background Checks?

· Nursing & Allied Health Departments - As required by clinical sites
· Teacher Education Departments - As required by field experience locations
· Admissions & Housing Departments - To ensure campus safety
· College HR Departments - As part of a thorough employment screening process
· Private-Sector Colleges & Universities - To keep enrollment up by ensuring that students
  follow an educational path where their career goals won't be hindered by a criminal record


Search Descriptions

Residency History

Applicants will sometimes omit previous addresses to conceal criminal records. A Residency History Search compiles information from various sources, including voting and property records, to arrive at a list of names and addresses associated with a specific Social Security Number. The locations of any unreported addresses can be searched for criminal records, providing a more thorough investigation.

County Criminal Records

A County Criminal Records Search reports felony, misdemeanor, and pending charges in specific counties. The standard background check scope is 7 years due to FCRA regulations; however, convictions older than seven years provided by the county will be indicated on the background screening report.

This search begins with a Residency History Search which compiles a list of names and addresses associated with an applicant's Social Security Number. Once all counties of residence over the past seven years have been identified, a direct search of each county's courthouse is conducted.

Statewide Criminal Records

A Statewide Criminal Records Search includes information from all of the counties within a particular state. Investigating criminal records outside the county of residence is very important as these records may go undetected when a Statewide Criminal Records search is omitted.

Nationwide Sexual Offender Index

By law, any individual who has been convicted of a sexual offense must register with his/her state of residence as a sex offender. A Nationwide Sexual Offender Index Search reveals if an individual has been convicted of a sexual offense anywhere within the United States. This search, on the national and state level, is included in the Nationwide Database Criminal History Search.

Social Security Verifications

A Social Security Verification reveals if a Social Security Number is valid and associated with an applicant's name. This information is based on searches of public and private databases.

Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Scan

A Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Scan searches databases maintained by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the General Services Administration (GSA), and other federal agencies for sanction information. This search meets the government's minimum requirements for sanction screening as set forth in the OIG's Compliance Program Guidance. This search also reveals disciplinary actions taken by federal agencies as well as those taken by licensing and certification agencies in all 50 states.

Searches in the Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Scan include:
· Medicare & Medicaid Sanctioned, Excluded Individuals
· Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
· Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)
· FDA Debarment Check
· State Exclusion List
· Office of Inspector General (OIG)-List of Excluded
· Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)
· List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN)
· General Services Administration (GSA)-Excluded Parties

USA Patriot Act Search

The Nationwide Patriot Act Search provides information on individuals and entities who have been sanctioned by the United States government, whose property may be blocked, and/or with whom no U.S. person may have dealings. This information is maintained by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).

Searches in the USA Patriot Act Search include:
· Terrorism Sanction Regulations
· Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)
· List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN)
· U.S. Treasury
· Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties

Nationwide Database Search

A Nationwide Database Search scans a collection of criminal records purchased from courts, corrections departments, and state agencies. This search is an essential supplemental search as it captures criminal records for applicants in states or counties in which they may have never lived, but have criminal records. The Nationwide Criminal Database Search is comprised of more than 150 million records, including 43 state databases and the District of Columbia. Each state provides information from at least one of the following: county courts, state corrections, or the state sexual offender list. The database also includes a Foreign Nationals search, providing information on individuals and entities that have been sanctioned by the U.S. Government. The Nationwide Criminal Database Search also includes the Nationwide Sexual Offender Index Search from all 50 states.


Verifications searches confirm the legitimacy and details of an applicant's previous employment, reference, education, and professional licenses.

Federal Criminal Records

Federal charges typically encompass severe crimes such as drug violations, the illegal sale of firearms, embezzlement, pornographic exploitation of children, and crimes that take place on federal property. Federal crimes do not appear in statewide or county criminal searches but are available nationally or by state and include pending cases as well as convictions.

Motor Vehicle Records

A Motor Vehicle Records Search offers a detailed description of an individual's driving history. These searches are essential for individuals who drive company vehicles, rent vehicles in the organization's name, or drive their personal vehicles while on the job.

Credit Reports

A Credit Report summarizes the financial obligations of an individual and catalogs an individual's income range, debt to income ratio, public records, collections, current negative accounts, previous negative accounts, installment and revolving accounts, as well as address and employment information.

Workers' Compensation Search

A Workers' Compensation Search reduces the number of claims filed, and their associated expenses, by alerting employers and organizations to chronic abusers. This search is vital to organizations employing or staffing individuals who are involved in active, physical or labor intensive activities. Workers' compensation records are available in most states.



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