As an applicant to the dental hygiene program at the VCU School of Dentistry, all accepted candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check prior to matriculation. A final decision about matriculation will be made after a review of the applicant's CBC.
The rationale for performing CBCs is to:
- Foster patient safety and well being
- Bolster the continuing trust of the public in the dental profession
- Ascertain the ability of accepted applicants and enrolled dental hygiene students to eventually become licensed as dental hygienists
- Minimize the liability of dental schools and their affiliated clinical facilities.
The CBC will not be a component of the application, interview or selection process but will be a mandatory component of the pre-matriculation process. The final decision regarding matriculation of an applicant will be based on the self-reported information in the candidate's application and information in the CBC report. Factors involved in the final decision may include, but are not limited to:
- The nature, circumstances and frequency of any reported offense(s)
- The length of time since the offense(s)
- Available information that addresses efforts at rehabilitation
- The accuracy of the information provided by the applicant
The information obtained through a CBC will not become part of a student's academic file and will remain confidential unless the findings result in an institutional action by the School of Dentistry.
Only candidates offered class positions and alternate-list candidates will be asked to provide a CBC prior to matriculation at their own expense.