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Clearances: Act 33 (Child Abuse) / Act 34 (Criminal History) / Act 114 (FBI) / TB Test/ Act 126 (Mandated Reporter Training)


In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and all School Districts who host Field Experience and Student Teaching Experience Students, the School of Education will now require that all students submit each of their clearances (Act 33/Child Abuse, Act 34/Criminal History, Act 114/FBI, TB Testing, and Act 126/Mandated Reporter Training) to the Office of Student and Academic Services ANNUALLY during their academic career at Duquesne University.

It is extremely imperative you follow these new guidelines, so that you do not face one or all of the following consequences:

  • Student with outstanding clearances will not be permitted to register for courses
  • Student will be removed from Education courses if not in possession of current clearances
  • Student will lose Student Teaching Placement if not in possession of current clearances

To submit your updated clearances, please bring a copy of your current clearances to Ms. Cindy Cafaro, 214 Canevin Hall. If you are unsure if your clearances are current, please call the Office of Student and Academic Services at 412.396.6093.

This policy is being implemented to conform to the policies of local school districts in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Clearances are required for the safety of school children, and also for the adults who interact with them. Different school districts may have differing renewal policies; however, our policy must cover all possibilities. We understand that the need to renew each of the clearances multiple times might cause concern to students and their families. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at 412.396.6093 or by e-mail sas@duq.edu. Thank you for your understanding and adherence to this matter.


Act 33 Child Abuse History Clearance

Effective December 31, 2014

Electronic Submission

  • The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application can be submitted online
  • Create an account or log into the Child Welfare Portal Note: You will need an email address to create an account
  • Use your permanent address
  • Purpose of the Clearance - check:  School Employee governed by Public School Code
  • Fee:  $8
  • Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results, if your results cannot be processed immediately
  • Print your clearance and bring a copy to the Office of Student and Academic Services in 214 Canevin Hall

Paper Submissions

  • Paper submissions of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application  (CY113)  will still be accepted for anyone who may not have access to the internet
  • Use your permanent address
  • Purpose of the Clearance - check: School Employee governed by Public School Code
  • Fee $8 - Paper Application: Money Order (no cash or checks) payable to "Department of Public Welfare" - send it to Childline and Abuse Registry address in the box at the top of the form
  • Processing Time:  approximately 3 weeks
  • When the clearnace is processed and returned to you by the Department of Public Welfare, keep the original and bring a copy to the Office of Student and Academic Services in 214 Canevin Hall


ACT 34 Criminal Record Check

Directions for completing the form:

  • Online Application:  Pennslyvania Access to Criminal History
  • Go to the page "Submit A New Record Check"
  • Read through "Terms and Conditions", and click the "Accept" button
  • Complete the form, and at "Reason for Request", make sure to go to "Other"
  • You will be prompted to pay $22.00 by credit card
  • If you wish to mail in your request and check, go to the top left hand of the screen under the "Help" menu, and download the SP4-164 Form
  • Please bring a copy to the Office of Student and Academic Services in 214 Canevin Hall


ACT 114 FBI Clearance

Act 114 - FBI Fingerprint Clearance Update

IMPORTANT: Please be advised, effective November 28, 2017, applicants will be required to register for fingerprints with the new Commonwealth supplier, Morphotrust.

Applicants may visit the new supplier website, IdentoGO®

Service Code: 1KG6RT

IdentoGO® lists the new finger printing locations

Instructions on how to register

The fingerprint-based background check is a multiple-step process:

Please register for fingerprinting under Pennsylvania Department of Education.
(Fingerprints obtained through any other agency cannot be accepted)

The applicant must register prior to going to the fingerprint site. Walk in service without prior registration will not be provided at any fingerprinting location. You must schedule an appointment time to have your fingerprints taken. Registration is available online 24 hours/day, seven days per week at https://uenroll.edentogo.com/. During the registration process, all demographic data for the applicant is collected (name, address, SSN, etc.) there is no data entry required at the fingerprint collection site.

The applicant will pay a fee of $22.60 for the fingerprint service. Applicants may make their payment online by using a credit card or debit card.

Please bring a copy of your FBI Fingerprint Background Check results to Cindy Cafaro in the Office of Student and Academic services in 214 Canevin.

TB Test

This test can be done at:

Office of Health Services
Duquesne University
Union, 2nd Floor
Cost: $15
Note: You must call for an appointment

Allegheny County Health Department
3901 Penn Ave. (Intersection of 40th and Penn)
412.578.7901 or 412.578.8162
Cost: $25

Family physician or local urgent care clinic
Cost: variable

Once you receive the test, at any of the above options, you must be available to return to the same location to be examined within 48 hours for accurate records. Be sure you schedule your appointment with this in mind.

Please have the test provider fill out the TB Test Form and submit it, along with any supplied provider report, to Cindy Cafaro in 214 Canevin Hall. Documentation may also be faxed to 412.396.5585 or emailed to cafarol@duq.edu.

Act 126 - Mandated Reporter Training

The Pennsylvania Department of Education as well as Duquesne University and all local school districts are requiring this training be completed by January 1, 2018.

Act 126 is a three hour, online course. It is free and is valid for five years.

Phone: 1-717-795-9048