All applicants to LIU Pharmacy upon initial, conditional acceptance will be required to complete a criminal background check. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) facilitates a criminal background check service through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). The vendor selected by PharmCAS will be utilized by LIU Pharmacy to conduct criminal background checks.
Admissions Criminal Background Check Process
Upon initial, conditional acceptance, The PharmCAS vendor will send an e-mail notification with instructions on how to initiate and complete the background check process, and to obtain consent for a criminal background check report to be procured. Questions regarding this should be directed to PharmCAS vendor, currently Certiphi Screening, Inc. (www.certiphi.com) NOT the College. Once consent has been provided, the PharmCAS vendor will conduct a criminal background check and produce a report. Failure to provide consent may result in failing to meet the college admissions requirements. Applicants are responsible for the administrative fee associated with the screening.
Results of the background checks are available to the applicant by the vendor (Certiphi Screening, Inc.). The vendor provides the applicant an opportunity to contest the accuracy of the report within a specified time frame. Once the applicant reviews and releases the report, or after the specified time has elapsed, the report procured will be made available to the Office of Student and Professional Affairs by the vendor. Results from a company other than the PharmCAS vendor will not be accepted.
An offer of admission will be conditional until the completion and review of the criminal background check with results deemed favorable. Any questionable findings from the criminal background check will be flagged by Certiphi Screening and will be reviewed on an individual basis by members of the Office of Student and Professional Affairs, and may be shared with the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Review Committee, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, or other designated individuals. A prior felony conviction does not necessarily preclude an applicant from being admitted to the College but may prevent participation in off-campus educational experiences, which will lead to inability to continue in the program. Additionally, professional licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice pharmacy if an individual has a felony or other conviction on his or her record.
Review of Background Check Results
Applicants have the right to review the information reported by the designated vendor for accuracy and completeness and to request that the designated company verify that the background information provided is correct. All disputes pertaining to the criminal background check findings must be communicated in writing directly to the contracted company that conducted the check. In addition, the applicant must inform the College of Pharmacy by sending a copy of the complaint statement to the Office of Student and Professional Affairs. Re-verification will be made if the company determines that reasonable grounds exist. If parts of the report are deleted or changed because of re-verification, the Office of Student and Professional Affairs and the student will receive a corrected report.
Results from the criminal background check will be reviewed as follows: