Criminal Background Checks
GSU students who are required to complete a field-based experience for a course – including observation, tutoring, practicum or student teaching – must obtain a criminal background check prior to placement.
Background checks are conducted by PreCheck, Inc., a firm specializing in background checks. Your order must be placed online through StudentCheck.
Some programs or placement sites require that a criminal background check may not be more than one year old.
You are required to order your background check in sufficient time for it to be reviewed by the school administration prior to starting your field experience or student teaching. A background check typically takes three to five normal business days to complete.
If you need assistance while placing your online order, please contact PreCheck at StudentCheck@PreCheck.com. If you need additional assistance, contact the GSU Office of Field Placements, College of Education building, Suite 300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
**If you are in the Birth through Five, B.S.E. program, you may complete the DECAL check and provide a copy of the check to the Office of Field Placements. The link to the DECAL check is: http://decal.ga.gov/ChildCareServices/CriminalRecordsCheck.aspx
Ordering Your Background Check
If you’re ordering your background check through StudentCheck
for the first time:
If you’re asked to order subsequent background checks through StudentCheck:
Undergraduate students, click here.
Graduate students, click here.
Complete all required fields and hit “Continue” to enter your payment information. The payment can be made securely online with a credit or debit card. You may also pay by mail via money order , but that will result in a delay of processing your background check until the money order is received by mail at the PreCheck office.
For your records, you will be provided a receipt and a confirmation page of your background check order placed through PreCheck, Inc.
PreCheck will not use your information for any other purposes other than a background check. Your credit will not be investigated, and your name will not be given out to any businesses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most reports are completed within three to five business weekdays.
Please email StudentCheck@PreCheck.com with the details.
Yes. Log into www.mystudentcheck.com and click on “here,” and enter your social security number and date of birth. If your report is complete, you may click on the application number to download and print a copy. This feature is good for 90 days after submittal. After 90 days, you will be charged $14.95 for a copy of your report, and will need to contact PreCheck directly to request this.
No. Just the city and state.
You will need to enter 111-11-1111 for your social security number and include your residences for the past seven years even if they are out of the United States. This will prevent Student PreCheck from calling you to confirm that you do not have a social security number.
Call PreCheck’s Adverse Action hotline at (800) 203-1654. Adverse Action is the procedure established by the Fair Credit Reporting Act that allows you to see the report and to dispute anything reported.
Disclose the crime on your application.