Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Criminal Background Checks for Graduate Students

 

Candidates in Teacher Education Programs or a Course Requiring Field Experiences

Candidate in an graduate teacher education credentialing program or enrolled in a single course that requires a field experience component, MUST complete the Chicago Public Schools (CPS)  clearance process for Field Experience.

Candidates not complying will be dropped from the course(s). 

Follow CPS instructions and use the form under the heading: HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR BACKGROUND RESULTS. Select the option how to get your fingerprints taken.

 CPS will notify Loyola that you have completed the process.

Timeline for Completing the Background Check:

  • Graduate Candidates – Within the first week of the term admitted to a program or  the term of a course registered that requires a field experience

Candidates in School Counseling, Community Counseling, School Psychology

Criminal background checks may be required depending on the program and/or training site requirements.  It generally requires 48 hours to obtain the results of a fingerprint check. The Illinois State Police background check is submitted electronically to a secure email address to the Associate Dean for Student Services. The FBI background check is submitted electronically to the candidate. The candidate then submits the FBI results as directed by the program.

Timeline for Completing the Background Check:

Candidates are required to complete the background check as directed by their program director. Failure to comply within the requested time frame may result in being dropped from the course. All candidates must use Accurate Biometrics to complete the background check.

Forms: