Background Check Policies and Procedures

Effective for fall 2013, incoming students will be required to submit a background check prior to enrollment at SUNY Upstate.  All admitted students are admitted conditionally until background check results are obtained and reviewed by SUNY Upstate. Students are responsible for completing the background check prior to enrollment. Information from the background check not revealed in the application may result in revocation of the acceptance to SUNY Upstate.

For students entering the College of Medicine as medical students, the background check will be done via AMCAS.  All other students will use the background check company approved for use by SUNY Upstate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I need to submit the background check as part of my application?
A: No.  Admitted students will receive information on how to submit the background check as part of the acceptance packet.  Only one company has been approved for use of background checks, therefore background checks received by any other companies will not be accepted.

Q: When do I have to submit the background check?
A: The deadline to submit your background check will be included in the acceptance letter.

Q: How much will it cost?
A: The cost is $65 at the expense of the student.  This is a non-refundable fee, regardless of the outcome of the background check.

Q: I had a background check done recently.  Can I submit that one?
A : Previous background checks cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Q: I’m an Upstate employee or former student.  Do I still need to submit the background check?
A: Yes.  Background checks are required for all incoming students.

Matriculating students may be required to complete additional background checks and/or drug screening and/or fingerprinting, at their expense, prior to some clinical placements.

For students with a conviction, SUNY Upstate Medical University cannot guarantee eligibility for professional licensure.  Accepted students with a prior conviction are advised to contact the Division of Licensing Services to confirm their eligibility to obtain a license in their program of interest.

If you have questions regarding these policies, please contact:
315 464-4570