What is the purpose of Criminal History Background Checks?
Florida State University performs criminal history background checks to
promote a safe and secure environment for all students, faculty, staff, and
Who needs a Criminal History Background Check?
All final candidates for Faculty, Executive Service (AEX), Administrative
& Professional (A&P), & University Support Personnel System
(USPS) positions need at least a Standard Criminal
History Background Check.
Final Candidates for OPS and Federal Work Study (FWS) appointments;
Volunteers; and some contractors may need a Standard Criminal History Background Check depending on their assigned duties.
Final candidates for all Faculty, AEX, A&P, USPS, OPS positions, as
well as volunteers, Federal Work Study, and contractors, may need a Level 2 Criminal History Background Check with
fingerprinting, depending on the duties of their position.
Current employees may need a Criminal History Background Check
when being considered for a new position, role, or when receiving a
change in duties.
When must the Criminal History Background Check be completed?
Before the start of employment for all appointments (AEX, Faculty, A&P, USPS, OPS, and Graduate Assistants).
Ensure background checks are ordered via Request Form with sufficient time to be completed well before the anticipated start date.
Background Checks can take between 48 hours or potentially several weeks depending on the responsiveness of the candidate and any required reviews of the background check report (see the Background Check Results Page).
What is needed to complete the Criminal History Background Check?
A Criminal History Background Check Questionnaire must
be submitted for all advertised and non-advertised appointments
(including OPS, Graduate Assistants, & Volunteers) to determine if
a background check is required and what level check is needed.
A Criminal History Background Check Request Form must
be submitted for all final candidates when a background check is
required based on the results of the Criminal History Background Check
Where do I complete the Background Check Questionnaire and Request Form?
What is the Criminal History Background Check Process?
What is included in a Criminal History Background Check?
There are two types of background checks run by HR.
Standard Criminal History Background Checks
Seven-year county criminal search
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) statewide search
National Criminal Database search
Federal Criminal search
National Sex Offender search
International Criminal History Background Check
Only performed if the candidate has lived outside the United States for six months or more within the past seven years. These checks are through FSU's vendor, Accurate Background Inc. Additional fees may apply.
Level 2 Criminal History Background Checks
(with fingerprinting) includes the Standard Background Check Package
detailed above and the following:
FBI nationwide fingerprint-based check
Notification of warrants or domestic violence injunctions
There are three types of Level II background checks: