The purpose of this policy is to assure the safety and well-being of patients, students, faculty and staff in the clinical and academic environments and to attest to clinical agencies the students' eligibility to participate in clinical activities. This policy applies to all undergraduate and graduate students, on-ground or online, enrolled in a program of study that has a clinical component.
Background investigations will be conducted as a condition of enrollment for admitted undergraduate and graduate students to participate in clinical courses. Enrollment in clinical courses and placement in clinical agencies are contingent upon successful completion of the background investigation. In addition, serious results of this investigation may affect candidacy for the licensure and certification examinations and employability in field of study.
All background investigations and drug screening will be kept strictly confidential and disclosed only to those who have a legitimate educational interest in their contents or for any other purpose permitted by FERPA or state law. Any breach of confidentiality will be considered serious and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Background investigation records will be retained for at least ten (10) years after the student leaves Nebraska Methodist College.
The investigation will include, but may not be limited to, a combination of the following required screening for every state and county of residence:
Permission to Conduct the Investigation. Permission to conduct this required background investigation will be obtained prior to initial course enrollment from either the student or, if a minor (under nineteen (19) years old), the student's parent or legal guardian. A minor claiming emancipation status must provide legal documentation to prove this status.
Each person will have access to a copy of "Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act." The investigation will be conducted through CastleBranch, Inc.
Annual Letter of Attestation. Annually, students will be required to submit a signed statement attesting that there have been no changes to their background investigation record. The attestation form will be uploaded to the student's online compliance tracker (DNP student forms will be retained by the program director).
Note: Any identified misrepresentation, falsification, or material omission of information from the application discovered during the acceptance process and deliberation of clinical course eligibility may result in exclusion of the student from continued clinical participation or immediate dismissal.
Administration and Interpretations: Questions about this policy and procedure may be directed to the institutional compliance officer.
Amendments or Termination of this Policy: Nebraska Methodist College reserves the right to modify, amend, or terminate this policy at any time.