Criminal History Information and Background Check Policy

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As stated in the Admission, Retention and Graduation Standards, students admitted to and enrolled in the PharmD Program must undergo criminal background checks. Since a student’s ability to complete the University of Washington School of Pharmacy PharmD degree requirements will require clinical rotations that could involve care to protected individuals (such as children under 16 years of age, those with developmental disabilities, or vulnerable adults), students must complete a Conviction/Criminal History Self-Disclosure Form and submit their names for a background check by the Washington State Patrol and/or other credentialed background check agency upon offer of admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program and annually thereafter. In addition to disclosing criminal history involving these crimes, PharmD students must disclose criminal history involving drug-related crimes, proceedings related to vulnerable populations, Medicare-Medicaid/Healthcare-related crimes and any other general conviction information (excluding parking tickets and traffic citations). A conviction/criminal history record does not necessarily disqualify an individual for admissions to or continuation in the PharmD Program. The School will review all information disclosed on an individual case-by-case basis. However, a failure to disclose information is likely to result in withdrawal of an offer of admission to, or dismissal from, the PharmD Program. Students should be aware that these background checks routinely uncover convictions that students believe were “expunged,” “vacated,” or otherwise set aside.

Applicants to the PharmD Program who fail to self-disclose actions taken by a licensing authority (Board of Pharmacy or other agency) against a professional license (pharmacy intern registration or technician license, or other health-related license), fail to disclose information on the Criminal History Information Form, or to consent to criminal background checks or who do not meet eligibility requirements for registration as a Washington State Pharmacy Intern cannot be extended a formal offer of admission.

Students currently in the PharmD Program who fail to self-disclose actions taken by a licensing authority (Board of Pharmacy or other agency) against a professional license (pharmacy intern or technician license or other health-related license), fail to disclose information on the Criminal History Information Form or who withdraw consent for criminal background checks will be subject to possible dismissal from the PharmD Program.

Individuals who self-disclose actions taken by a licensing authority (Board of Pharmacy or other agency) against a professional license (pharmacy intern registration or technician license or other health-related license), or information on the Criminal History Information Form, will be referred to a committee composed of the Director of Admissions, Advising and Counseling, the Director of Experiential Education, and the Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation, for review and consideration.

These students will be given an opportunity to present additional information for consideration by the Committee with regard to a decision on retention in the PharmD Program, placement in pharmacy practice experiences, or dismissal from the PharmD Program.

Background checks for applicants offered admission into the PharmD Program will be performed in accordance with PharmCAS procedures. School of Pharmacy Student Services will provide information regarding background check policies/procedures at the time of offer of admission to the PharmD Program. Background checks for current PharmD students will be performed annually throughout the program. School of Pharmacy Experiential Education will provide information regarding background check policies and procedures for current students.