July 23, 2008

Interns: Criminal Background Checks

Posted in Internship at 9:33 am by maf

(This post duplicates a message sent over SLM-L this morning.)

From hence forward, criminal background checks will be required for all interns. (This has been coming for awhile; all student teachers have long been doing this.)

Before you panic, let me assure you that the process seems organized and will require only a little bit of your time and money, and no trips to the police department.

Also, rest assured that no faculty member will even see the results of this report. We will become involved only if a placement is declined for some reason.

The time to start this process is when you submit your First Approval – basically, when the entire internship process starts for you. You will be sent to a web site where you can fill out the application and pay by credit card for the $50 fee. (Gwinnett interns for 08-09 have already begun all of this.)

In the meantime, you can read instructions by visiting the Internship home page: http://it.coe.uga.edu/~mfitzger/7460. The College’s instructions are linked there.

If you are employed by the school system where you will intern, you may be able to waive the process – this depends on the county/system.

No action is required of anyone at this moment! This is just a good time to give you an alert so that it won’t be such a surprise as many Cohort 7 students move into their internship year.

If you have specific questions about the CBC, the College person in charge is Martha Pruet: mkristin@uga.edu.

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