Background Screening

A critical component to upholding our commitment to providing safe environments for minors is confirming that the adults entrusted with caring for minors in covered activities are skilled and qualified to work with youth. The Protecting Minors Policy outlines background screening requirements for covered activity staff, which may include undergoing all or some of the following measures:

  • Live Scan fingerprint-based background check
  • U.S. Center for SafeSport Centralized Disciplinary Database
  • Written application
  • Live interview
  • Reference checks (two; non-family members)
  • University disciplinary records

Learn more about our background screening requirements below.

Live Scan fingerprint-based background checks

Prior to participating in a covered activity, USC requires that all individuals working directly with minors undergo and successfully clear a Live Scan fingerprint-based background check.

Frequently Asked Questions – Live Scan

Covered activity administrators are welcome use and distribute our Quick Resource Guide to completing Live Scan to their covered activity staff:

Requests for on-campus Live Scan sessions: If you have a large group (~50+) and would like to request and on-campus Live Scan session, please fill out this form and we will do our best to facilitate.

Upcoming on-campus Live Scan sessions: If you’re hoping to catch one of our upcoming sessions, check out our News and Announcements page where we’ll keep them posted!

U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database (CDD)

All individuals working directly with minors are must be screened using the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s CDD.

Frequently Asked Questions – U.S. Center for SafeSport CDD

Additional screening requirements: written applications, live interviews and non-family member reference checks

Covered activity administrators must conduct additional screening for prospective covered activity staff who are not employed by the university by obtaining a written application, conducting a live interview, and completing at least two reference checks (non-family members) to assess their suitability for working with minors.

Frequently Asked Questions – Additional screening requirements