Clearances

Background Checks and TB Testing

All students in a program that requires clinical experiences (student teaching) need to complete the following background checks and TB testing. Scan and upload the results of your clearances to Taskstream. To obtain a Taskstream account, contact KU’s Watermark Support Team. See KU's official policy on clearances here. 

Important Notes:

  • All clearances must be obtained in Pennsylvania. Out-of-state clearances will be rejected.
  • Use your home address (not school address) when applying for all background checks.
  • If you have any arrest or conviction on a clearance, you must disclose it to the Dean’s Office. Failure to do so may prevent you from completing your Clinical Experience.
  • Save hard copies of your clearances and keep them confidential!

Required Clearances and Instructions for Obtaining Them:

  • ACT 34 - PA CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT

    Apply online at https://epatch.state.pa.us (secure website).

    • Click “Submit New Record Check,” choose “Individual Request,” and under reason for, click on “Other.
    • Input your personal information and click “proceed.”
    • Confirm your information, and click “enter this request.”
    • Click “view queued record check,” and then “submit.”
    • Proceed to payment options. A $22.00 fee will be charged to your credit card.
    • When your record has been processed, click the “R-Control” link and click “Certification Form.”
      • Immediately save your official results as a PDF.
  • ACT 151 - CHILD ABUSE HISTORY REPORT (FORM CY 113)
    • Navigate to www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home.
    • Choose “Create an Individual Account” (if you don’t already have one). Create a Keystone ID and fill out the additional information.  Once you have logged in with your Keystone ID and set a password, click on “Create Clearance Application.” 
    • When prompted, choose “School Employee Governed by Public School Code” under Application Purpose
    • After answering all questions, be sure to check “yes” to have a paper version of the certificate sent to you (you will be able to print an electronic version later if needed).  Processing takes approximately 14 days.
    • Pay the $13.00 fee by debit or credit card. 
    • Once you receive a copy of your clearance, keep the official report for your records.
  • ACT 114 - FBI FEDERAL CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD

    Fingerprinting must be completed through IdentoGO, not State Police or Department of Human Services. Fingerprinting can now be processed in the Kemp Building on campus. 

    • Go to: https://uenroll.identogo.com (secure website).
      • Type in the service code 1KG6RT (to register for a PA Department of Education clearance)
      • On the next screen, select “Schedule or Manage an Appointment.” Complete the registration form and select the photo ID you will bring to your appointment. 
    • To complete fingerprints on campus: 
      • Once you reach the “Search for Enrollment Center” box, type in SP-KUKemp, check the “Walk-in” box, and click “Next”. Print your confirmation page.
      • Once you have printed the confirmation page, go to https://www.kutztown.edu/hr.
      • In the top right corner, select “Schedule Appointment.” Select a date and time and record it for your reference. Enter your name, email, and phone number. 
    • To complete fingerprints at another location: 
      • Once you reach the “Search for Enrollment Center” box, type in a zip code and select a location. You will now be able to schedule an appointment for that location. Print your confirmation page.
    • For your appointment, bring the identification document that you selected during the application (i.e. Driver’s License), as well as the confirmation page and a debit or credit card for payment.
      • Payment must be in debit or credit card only.
    • You will receive a receipt (containing your UE ID number) at the fingerprinting location. Keep this receipt for your records. A clearance will NOT arrive in the mail.
    • You will later receive an email with a link to your record, please download your record and keep a copy. You will only be given access to your record one time.
  • ACT 126 - MANDATED CHILD ABUSE REPORTER TRAINING
    • If you have already completed this training, you do not need to re-complete the course.
    • Navigate to www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu. Register for training under Berks County.
    • Upon completing the course, download your certificate as a PDF and upload to Taskstream.
  • TB TESTING
    • TB testing may be administered by your private health care provider/family physician or the KU Health & Wellness Center in Beck Hall (test Tuesday, check results Thursday, 11am-12pm, no appointment needed, $12 cost)
    • Results may be submitted on a script pad or doctor’s letterhead with your name, the negative result, date, and the original signature of your physician (no name stamps may be used).
    • Keep the testing results for your records.