FBI and BCI requirements

If you are taking a course that requires field work, or student teaching, you are REQUIRED to have both a current BCI and FBI clearance. This is a mandated requirement from the school districts. The BCI/FBI must have been completed within the past year.

You may NOT take expired documents to your field placement or student teaching sites.

Complete your background check

To complete your BCI/FBI background check we suggest searching online at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/backgroundcheck to find the nearly 30 other Webcheck locations in Summit County or nearby.

  • Notice: The University of Akron Police Department will no longer be conducting BCI /FBI background checks (Webcheck) beginning Sept 14, 2020.

Do not wait until the start of the semester; please handle this immediately so your paperwork is ready for the start of the semester. The state department is saying that it takes 30 days to process. If something shows up on your record, even if it has been expunged, it will take longer to process.

  • Request one copy to be sent to OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and one copy to YOU.
  • Make additional copies for your own records.
  • You must present a copy to the school district(s) you are assigned to on the day you begin placement.
  • DO NOT send a copy to the School of Education or Office of Student Teaching; it is your responsibility to manage your documents.
  • Background check verifications are good for 12 consecutive months.
  • You will need to provide one of the following codes when applying for a background check:
    • Field Placement – Code 3319 39B3 School Employees – teacher
    • Student Teaching – getting license with-in one year – Code 3319 291 School Employees – Licensure with Ohio Department of Education

If you're unable to obtain your background check

If you do not have the required documents ready for when your field course or student teaching starts:

  • You may not be able to complete the requirements of the course.
  • We cannot waive this requirement and give you permission to start at the school. Once again, this is a mandated district policy.

If there is a violation on your record:

  • If you have a misdemeanor on your record, and ODE says it will not prevent you from obtaining a license, school districts may not accept you in their schools and our office cannot guarantee placement for field and/or Student Teaching.
  • If you incur a new violation that will be placed on your BCI and or FBI report once you have started the semester, you must report it to the Director of Teacher Education immediately.