Student Criminal Background Check

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology requires all degree-seeking students and/or students participating in school-sanctioned community engaged scholarship (for example, community service, service-learning, community-based research) and field training experiences (for example, practica, internships) to complete a Criminal Background Check (CBC) as a condition of acceptance and matriculation. There are four main reasons why the school requires the CBC:

  1. Protection of Public Safety: Psychology professionals are ntrusted with the health, safety, and welfare of those with whom they work, have access to confidential and sensitive information, and operate in settings that require the exercise of ethical judgment and professional behavior. Thus, assuring the absence of serious criminal convictions in our students’ backgrounds is imperative to promote the highest level of safety possible in our communities.
  2. Compliance with Training & Community Engaged Scholarship Partners: Applied learning experiences are essential elements of The Chicago School’s degree programs. Students who cannot participate in such experiences due to serious criminal convictions may not be able to fulfill the requirements of their degree program. Therefore, it is in both the student’s and school’s interest to identify such restrictions as early as possible.
  3. Early Identification of Licensure or Certification Ineligibility: Similarly, serious criminal convictions may prevent graduates the ability to attain a professional license or certification in their chosen field of study. Both the student and the school should quickly identify such limitations.
  4. Campus Safety: All members of The Chicago School community are entitled to work and study in a safe environment. Identification of violent backgrounds through CBCs reduces the possibility of criminal acts on or around campus.
An offer of admission or permission to continue enrollment may be reversed if the CBC results are incompatible with eligibility to meet relevant degree, licensure, or certification requirements or if they increase risk to the school and its inhabitants and/or partner agencies and the people with whom they work.

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For more information, please contact:

Leanne Spencer
New Student Coordinator