Criminal Background Checks (CORI)

Criminal Background Checks

TUSM participates in the AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check Service that procures a national background check on all Tufts applicants upon their conditional acceptance to the medical school. This is to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to eventually become licensed physicians in the future, enhance the safety and well-being of patients, and to ensure the public's continuing trust in the medical profession. Accepted applicants will be asked to give consent to Certiphi Screening, Inc., to procure a national background check report. The applicants will have the opportunity to review the report before it is made available to the school and to provide any information regarding the information contained in the report.  The information contained in the report and the student’s response to the report shall become part of the student’s private educational record which will only be shared on a need to know basis.   

In addition, upon matriculation to TUSM, students must also notify the Office of Student Affairs of any convictions, guilty pleas or "no contest" pleas to any felony, misdemeanor or other offense; or any arrests, charges against the student, or investigations by law enforcement or professional licensing authorities in which the student is a target. Students with any criminal convictions or past court appearances for any reason, or pending criminal cases or past or pending disciplinary action against a professional license are advised that these events may affect their ability to secure clinical placement at TUSM and also may affect the students’ ability to obtain a state license for practicing medicine.

TUSM affiliated sites require that a current criminal background check be done on anyone who will be scheduled at their site.  The Registrar’s Office will obtain a Massachusetts Criminal Offense Record Information (CORI) check on a periodic basis.  In the event of a CORI finding of concern, the CORI results will be shared with the student for review and response.   The information contained in the CORI report and the student’s response to the report shall become part of the student’s private educational record which will only be shared on a need to know basis.  

In addition to the Massachusetts state CORI, some TUSM affiliated sites (e.g. Baystate) are required by law to procure a national criminal background check.  Students will be notified if this is a requirement for one of their upcoming clerkships.   Failure to complete and submit any required paperwork by the deadline the hospital provides will prevent the student from being able to take the clerkship and will result in a review of the student’s record by the Student Ethics and Promotions Committee for unprofessional conduct.

In the event that the Registrar is informed of a CORI finding of concern, the Dean of Students will be notified and the situation will be managed on a case-by-case basis. Possible outcomes include, but are not limited to:  immediate removal from the curriculum, notification of the clinical site (which also has the right to remove a student from their site), appearance before the Student Ethics and Promotions Committee, and referral to Physician Health Services.

Disclosure of Criminal Arrests, Charges, or Convictions

All TUSM students must notify the Dean of Student Affairs of any arrests, convictions, guilty pleas or “no contest” pleas to any felony, misdemeanor or other offense; or investigations by law enforcement or professional licensing authorities in which the student is a target.  Such notice must occur as soon as possible, but in no event later than three (3) working days following the event or the student’s knowledge of the event.  Matters disclosed will follow the same process as outlined above regarding CORI findings of concern. Nondisclosure or falsification of this information may be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the school.