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UMD Background Checks and Verifications
UMD Student Clinical and Field Placements
Background verifications are required of these students, including practicum and student teaching. The verification is designed to meet State school district guidelines governing adults with responsibility for children. UMD students who are assigned to a clinical/field placement must have a background check completed and on file with the UMDHR&EO.
The department needs to complete the UMD Background Check Request Cover Sheet for Field Placements. The email address provided on the cover sheet should be the student’s UMD email address. When UMD HR&EO receives the completed cover sheet from the department, we will initiate the background check with General Information Services, Inc. GIS will then notify the student with website and login instructions (the elink) for the student to complete the necessary forms online.
Be sure the student knows he/she will receive an email from Big10@geninfo.com/GIS, not UMD. Students are asked to create a user ID in order to enter the GIS system. The user ID the student should use is the e-mail address used to receive the email (which is the email address provided on the cover sheet, which should be the student’s UMD email address). The student has five (5) days to complete the elink or it will be withdrawn; GIS will send a reminder on the third day.
Be sure the student knows that the email and forms will read as though it is employment related, even though the check is for their student placements.
For these placements, the most frequent restriction is the driving restriction of no driving on university-related business. The driving restriction is prompted by drug and/or alcohol and/or traffic violations (such as speeding, inattentive driving, etc.) and/or other events that are within 2 years of the date of the report. Some violations or pattern of violations may require a special arrangement between the student and the department. All students may drive to and from their internship site(s). However, if a student has a driving restriction, he/she may not drive (their own car, the university's car, or anyone else's car) as part of their duties for the internship.
Background checks for student clinical and field placements are valid for three (3) years.
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