Background Clearances

Attention Swarthmore College students, staff, and faculty: The following is the process you'll need to go through first before you can work with minors (children under the age of 18) either on or off campus. Note: This process is administered through the Swarthmore College Human Resources (HR).

Once you contact HR, you will receive a background-screening packet, which includes a:

  • Notice of Consent Form: Completion of this form will allow the Office of Human Resources to conduct your PA Criminal History and/or the FBI Fingerprinting registration. Results of the PA Criminal History is generally instantaneous.
  • FBI Fingerprinting: Within 24 hours of processing, you will receive an email with a PDF of the FBI fingerprinting receipt and a list of approved fingerprinting locations.  Your FBI fingerprinting receipt and state issued ID can be taken to one of the locations on the list to have your electronic fingerprints processed. For your convenience, you can have your fingerprints scanned at the Ben West House on campus. Please contact the Public Safety Department (ext. 8281) to schedule your fingerprinting appointment.
  • PA Child Abuse History & Waiver: The Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted electronically or via paper applications. 

To complete the clearance online, please contact the Human Resources office (ext. 8397) for a payment code. Step-by-step directions will also be provided. Results can be available within an hour. To complete the clearance via a paper application, the original signed forms must be returned to HR along with the Waiver for submission to ChildLine. Paper application results can take up to 6 weeks to receive.