Criminal Offender Record Information Checks
Students interested in participating in any academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly; or that includes a clinical affiliation with a private or public health care provider, may be required to undergo Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry (SORI) checks. Depending on the contents of the CORI and SORI reports, participation in the program, or clinical affiliation related thereto, may be denied. CORI and SORI checks may be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167C and 178B; and consistent with guidelines promulgated by the Executive Office for Health and Human Services, and/or the Commonwealth's Department of Public Health. For more information, contact Mary Martin, Staff Assistant, Student Affairs (Ext. 1602) or click the above PDF link.
Criminal Offender Records Information
As the college founded to serve the needs of Berkshire County, the mission of BCC is to place higher education within reach of all Berkshire County residents. BCC is committed to access, academic excellence, student success, and leadership in the community.
BCC is a public, fully accredited, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as various other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas.
Who Needs a CORI Check?
Students and faculty whose program of study/internship involves site placement where there is the potential for unsupervised contact with vulnerable populations (children, elderly, disabled and infirmed).
Who Will Be Conducting the Check?
The Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB) has authorized BCC to receive criminal record information. This information is retrieved and reviewed by BCC personnel trained and certified by CHSB.
What is the Procedure?
- Candidates complete a short authorization form.
- Candidates present a government approved, photographic identification (driver's license, passport, military ID, gun permit etc.) for proof of ID. A copy of the ID is made and kept with the authorization.
- Information is forwarded to CHSB and the record check is completed.
Candidates who have a criminal record will
- have the opportunity to meet with BCC's CORI Review Committee.
- Record checks are conducted each semester on each candidate participating.
When Do I Fill Out the Form?
Candidates need to submit their authorizations each semester prior to participation at the placement site. The timeframe for processing is approximately 3 weeks.
BCC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave and/or national origin in its education programs or employment.