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Criminal Record Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS)

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This Criminal Record Check policy refers only to students of the School of Physical Therapy, for the general College of Medicine policy please click here.

Criminal Record Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) Requirement for Clinical Practicum Courses

A new policy for health sciences students at the U of S, implemented by the Saskatchewan Academic Health Sciences Network, and required as of January, 2014 is a criminal record check with a vulnerable sector search on admission. All health regions in Saskatchewan now require this of students engaged in experiential learning in their public health facilities.

“The Regional Health Authorities (RHA) Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) recognizes that post-secondary students participating in clinical placements within their agencies are in a position of public trust. Therefore to insure a level of public trust, post-secondary students participating in clinical placements are required to complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC).“ (SAHSN Clinical Placement Agreement, 2014)

Any students with a prior CRC/VSS the standard requirement is that this must have been completed no earlier than 6 months prior to start of the program (i.e.: no earlier than 6 months prior to orientation to the MPT, August 17, 2015.

Students will not be allowed into Saskatchewan health regions’ facilities for clinical placements without a CRC/VSS. As students in the Master of Physical Therapy program are assigned to clinical visits in the first three weeks of the program, they are required to complete a CRC/VSS BEFORE starting the program and SUBMIT this documentation on or before Orientation Day for the MPT.

Copies of these records will be kept in secure, confidential storage. The original copy will be given back to the student for their safekeeping and reference if asked for proof of same while engaged in clinical placements.