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Clearances: FBI, Act 33, Act 34, and Act 24

PLEASE NOTE: THE FBI Clearance must be completed through the Pennsylvania Department of Education link via Cogent Systems.

*Visit Cogent Systems to register (click on Department of Education, then Register Online).

Get your fingerprinting done on campus.

212 Stevens TB testing/Physicals at Keeling Health Center Hall

1st week of semester for ECH Special Education Majors
3rd week of semester is CSD & Rehab Majors
4th week of semester for Mid Level-Secondary Majors
TB testing only Monday and Tuesday 9:00-12:00/1:30-3:30
Physical schedule during TB testing
8:30-3:00

 

REQUIRED LEGAL CLEARANCES

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record, Act 24, and Act 114 FBI clearances for students enrolled in teacher preparation programs. Prior to beginning a field experience where a teacher candidate may interact with children under the age of eighteen, the teacher candidate must have clearances on file in the Office of Field Services (OFS).

A field experience is any course-related activity which requires a teacher candidate to enter a school or agency that includes children under of the age of 18. Clarion University teacher candidates will begin field experiences during the freshman year and continue throughout the program sequence of courses. Thus, teacher candidates must submit the clearances at the beginning of the first semester enrolled in university courses.

Submitted clearances are legal as long as the student is continuously enrolled in university course, as stated in Act 114.

New Clearance Information (Act 24):

Act 24 of 2011 (Act 24) amends Section 111 of the School Code, which provides for background checks for employees/pre-service teachers of public and private schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools. The changes to Section 111 become effective Sept. 28, 2011.

Act 24 adds several new crimes to the list of offenses in Section 111(e), which disqualify individuals from school employment. Because of the expand list of prohibited criminal offenses, Act 24 requires all current and future employees/pre-service teachers to complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education ("PDE") form to report prior arrests or convictions for any offenses listed in the newly expand Section 111(e). PDE developed Form PDE-6004 for reporting purposes.

Act 24 also now requires that you report to the OFS within 72 hours of any arrests or conviction for any criminal offense listed in Section 111(e) that occurs after Sept. 28, 2011. The Form PDE-6004 should be used to make reports of any arrest or convictions in the future.

How to get clearances:

  • Act 24 Clearance information
    Act 24 adds several new crimes to the list of offenses in Section 111(e), which disqualify individuals from school employment. Because of the expand list of prohibited criminal offenses, Act 24 requires all current and future employees/pre-service teachers to complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education ("PDE") form to report prior arrests or convictions for any offenses listed in the newly expand Section 111(e). PDE developed Form PDE-6004 for reporting purposes. Please complete and submit a signed Form PDE 6004 to Office of Field Services.

  • FBI Clearances Information
    Please read the entire document carefully as the directions and procedures are very specific.

  • Get your FBI Clearance through the Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 in Clarion www.pa.cogentid.com

  • Act 33 Child Abuse Check Form (PDF)
    This form must be mailed in to the Department of Public Welfare. For faster return, submit it through Representative Donna Oberlander's office in Applewood Center Suite C, 160 S. Second Ave in Clarion. It should be back to you within three weeks.

  • Act 34 Criminal Record Check
    You can access your Criminal History Clearance online through the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP):

    1. On the PSP Webpage, under Online Services, click Criminal History Request. This moves you to the PATCH system page.

    2. Scroll down the PATCH system page to the bottom and click Go to the PATCH Application Website.

    3. A Security Alert will come up. Please click OK.

    4. ON this page below where it says, Welcome to Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History, please click Submit a New Record Check.

    5. On this page, please review the Terms and Conditions for the use of PATCH. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Here, by clicking the Accept button, you will move into the page to begin the process. If you click Decline, you cannot go further and get your clearances online.

    6. On the Personal Information page beside Reason For Request, click on the down arrow. Then click on Education.

    7. From this point you will need to move through the remaining pages as directed to pay for and receive your clearance printout.

    You will receive the clearance on the screen to print out after the application has been completed online unless there is a need for extensive research by the PSP. A debit (MAC) or credit card is required for payment for each clearance request.