Background Checks

An increasing number of clinical sites require background checks for employees as well as students who come to their facilities. Northeastern University students will need to have background checks done only if their assigned clinical agency requires it. The most common background check required is the Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), although some clinical sites require other types of checks, such as drug testing.

Bouvé College contracts with a national company,CastleBranch, to perform these checks. The company provides this service for universities nationwide. Log onto their website to learn more about them.

CastleBranch charges fees to conduct background checks. The fee varies depending on the type of background check needed. All fees will be paid by the student directly to CastleBranch.

All background check information is confidential. Results are sent to the designated clearance officer for Bouvé College, who is the only person who has access to the results. A student will be contacted by the clearance officer only if there is a question about the results. Neither the student nor the clearance officer is required to reveal the actual results of a background check to an on-campus clinical coordinator/clinical placement office, a clinical site, or anyone else at the university.

If an assigned clinical site requires students to have a background check, the on-campus clinical coordinator/clinical placement officer will inform the student of the requirements and provide the student with instructions and a deadline for completing the check. It is crucial that the student complete the check by the deadline given to assure adequate processing time prior to the start of a clinical experience. Failure to complete the check in a timely manner could jeopardize the student’s progression in the program.