Background Check Certifications
Act 153 – Contact with Minors Background Check Certifications

Temple University has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the safety and protection of minors on campus by requiring employees in positions with significant likelihood of contact with minors to complete mandatory background check clearances. We continue to be committed to protecting minors and ensuring University compliance with employment laws in the State of Pennsylvania.

According to the PA Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) employees who have responsibility for the care, supervision, guidance, and control of children or who have routine interaction* with children are required to provide their employer with comprehensive background check certifications. This includes responsibility for high school students who are taking courses at Temple while enrolled in a high school. However, the law excludes an “employee of an institution of higher education whose direct contact with children, in the course of employment, is limited to prospective students visiting a campus operated by the institution of higher education; or matriculated students** who are enrolled with the institution.”

New employees who are subject to this law must undergo the background check certification process prior to their first day of work. Existing employees who are subject to this law must undergo the background check certification process no later than December 31, 2015. All certifications are subject to renewal every five (5) years. The required background check certifications include:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Certification
  • FBI Criminal Background Check
For additional information regarding required background check certifications for individuals working with minors, contact the Human Resources Department at 215-204-5512, Option 1.

*Routine interaction is regular and repeated contact that is integral to a person’s employment or volunteer responsibilities.

**Matriculated student is a student who is enrolled in an institution of higher education and pursuing a program of study that results in a postsecondary credential, such as a certificate, diploma or degree.


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updated: 05/18/2017
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