A criminal background search is a requirement for matriculation in any program at NBTS (M.Div.,
M.A., and D.Min.) Students should submit the required fee and consent form with their application
materials. Students will not receive registration documents until the consent form and fee are
submitted to the Admissions office. The background search will consist of a search of the national criminal file and social security number verification.
The background search is required because students are required to serve in various organizations in the field education setting and it is important to the seminary that we do due diligence to assure the safety of all persons.
This is an important screening tool, but specific field education sites may require additional screening. Once a person is admitted, he/she will be asked to sign a consent form for a
background search. At this time, the student will also be asked about previous convictions. Students
may make an appointment with the Dean of Students and the Chairperson of the Admissions
Committee to discuss past convictions that may appear on the background check. A student's past is not necessarily a barrier to ordained ministry.
One background search will be completed at admission. During the student's matriculation at NBTS,
he/she will sign a form with their class registration that states he/she has not had any convictions
during the period since the background search was performed. A student must inform the Dean of
Students in writing of any convictions, including periods of hiatus.
The Dean of Students is authorized to conduct the background search and to maintain a secure
record of this information. If a background search identifies a criminal offense, the person involved
shall be notified of the report and invited to respond in writing to the results of the search within 15
days. The person involved may also request a meeting with the Dean of Students and the Admissions Committee to clarify and resolve these issues. The Admissions Committee will confer with the full faculty if necessary and adjudicate issues on a case-by-case basis. All persons will be notified in writing of the results of the background search. A student will not be fully matriculated into any program until any issues concerning the background search have been resolved.
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