Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Policy (For Students)

Students seeking internships, experiential learning experiences, practicums, or observations in certain placement settings will be required to complete a criminal records check and/or agree to be subject to drug/alcohol screening and/or fingerprinting (for students who plan to work with a population under 18) prior to participation in the internship or educational experience. According to the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Act passed in Massachusetts in 1996 (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 7, sections 167 - 178), agencies have the right to require a criminal record check on any student affiliating at their institution. Therefore, in order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, s/he will be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These agencies are responsible for conducting these evaluations, and will discuss the process with the student. An agency may refuse to accept a student as a result of a CORI check or refusal to agree to drug/alcohol screening, at which the College assumes no obligation to locate an alternative site and cannot guarantee the completion of degree requirements. Students who have any concerns about undergoing a CORI can discuss these with the Career Development Director, Ieshia Karasik (ikarasik@pmc.edu; 617-731-7658) or their faculty advisor. Placement options will be limited for students who have a record of a felony conviction. Anyone planning to work in a setting that requires a background check may request a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) report online for their personal use from the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice on the web site: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/crime-prev-personal-sfty/bkgd-check/cori/ for a $25 fee, or from Campus Safety for a $15 fee. Early Childhood: Health, Education and Leadership students should contact Sandra McElroy, Director of Education Programs (mcelroysandra@pmc.edu; 617-731-7059) for questions regarding the newly passed fingerprinting law for public school teachers.