DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL CONVICTIONS AND ARRESTS AND Background checks
Students admitted to the Department of Nursing must report any arrests or legal convictions including, but not limited to misdemeanors, felonies, sexual offender convictions or governmental sanctions. The Department of Nursing reserves the right to release relevant information regarding a student’s criminal history to appropriate clinical agency representatives. Failure to report arrest or legal convictions will result in dismissal from the Department of Nursing.
Students in the Department of Nursing must comply with the legal, moral and legislative standards in accordance with the Alabama Law Regulating Practice of Registered Nursing, Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code (www.abn.state.al.us). A student may be denied permission by the Alabama Board of Nursing to write the licensing examination to become a registered nurse (RN) if he/she has been convicted of a felony. Students are to complete, sign, and return the disclosure of felony conviction form to the Associate Dean prior to admission to the professional phase of nursing. (See Appendix E)
Students enrolled in a course requiring clinical experience are required to have background checks. Students must consent to background checks as required by contractual agreements with clinical agencies. These include: Federal criminal background check, State criminal background check, Sexual offender check, and Office Inspector General check.
Failure to comply with required background checks will results in ineligibility for clinical placement. The identification of certain arrest or convictions could jeopardize the health and safety of patients and may render students ineligible for placement in a clinical agency. Ineligibility for placement in a clinical agency will result in course failure and dismissal from the Nursing Department. (See Appendix I)
All background checks are to be obtained through MyBackgroundCheck. You may apply on-line, fax completed application or mail completed application and payment. Complete the on-line applications at www.MyBackgroundCheck.com. Enter order code E1R82. The current fee is $49.95 and is subject to change by the agency. Background check verifications must be submitted to Basil O’Connor Hall Room 201 by the last week of the summer enrichment session.
The faculty reserves the right to recommend transfer or dismissal of any student whose background check does not comply with the legal moral and legislative standards in accordance with the Alabama law regulating practices of registered nurses.
Students having difficulties in any of the above categories may be requested to arrange for a hearing before the Department of Nursing’s Academic Affairs Committee, either at the established Committee meeting time or in a special session. Faculty decisions in these matters are considered to be binding for the Department of Nursing. The process of appeal of academic decisions by petition is identified in the Tuskegee University Academic Regulations and Procedures for Undergraduate Handbook,
Qualification for Licensure by Examination*:
The requirements for eligibility to apply to take the National licensure examination and for licensure in the State of Alabama are listed below**.
(1) The applicant shall be a high school graduate or the equivalent, as determined by the Board.
(2) The applicant shall be of good moral character. A criminal background check may be conducted by the Board at its discretion.
(3) The applicant for registered nurse licensure shall have successfully completed all requirements for graduation from an approved registered nursing program in Alabama, or an approved registered nursing program located in another jurisdiction or territory which meets substantially the same educational criteria as Alabama programs.
(4) The applicant must have a valid social security number and be a citizen or legal resident of the United States prior to the Board issuing a license. Individuals who are not legally present in the United States are not eligible for licensure.
*Alabama Administrative Code 610-X-4-02. Effective December 24, 2010
Note: If you have reason to believe you may be ineligible for licensure, you should obtain information from the Board of Nursing in the state that you plan to become licensed and practice.