Background checks

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 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.

It is anticipated that background reports will be honored for the duration of the student’s enrollment in the program if the student has not had a break in the enrollment. Students are required to complete this process upon re-entry in the program subsequent to a leave of absence, program separation or program withdrawal greater than thirty consecutive days.

All students must also report any felony or misdemeanor charges and convictions which occur during enrollment within ten business days of occurrence to both the Senior Associate Dean and the Senior Associate Dean for Student Services. Failure to report disqualifying criminal offenses (link here) could result in dismissal or suspension from the program. Any criminal offense can delay or terminate an individual’s education at the School of Dentistry.

Drug screening

Drug screening is currently required by the extramural affiliates. The School of Dentistry may require drug screening to enrolled students; however, at this time drug screening of DH3/DH4 and D3/D4 students is necessary to participate in required off-campus rotations.

In the event of an adverse drug screening report, the student will be barred from clinical participation and as a consequence, could be at risk for not fulfilling degree program requirements. Identification of such students will enable appropriate assessment, indicated treatment and follow-up retesting.

In all instances, students are responsible for the cost of the screening and retesting.