Criminal Background Check Q&A
The safety of the girl is the most important consideration in the appointment of a volunteer.
What is required and how will the information be used?
Through the Asurint Web site, the applicant must enter their name, date of birth, and their social security number. Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) does not receive this information. Asurint will use the information to report on the criminal history of the individual. This report is used to determine eligibility for a volunteer position with this organization. Your social security number on the criminal history records check shall be used for NO other purpose other than to make the process for conducting a background search more accurate.
What if GSWISE receives criminal history results that indicate I have a criminal record?
The decision to exclude or limit an individual’s participation as a volunteer is solely within the discretion of GSWISE. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the nature and severity of the crime, and the length of time since the criminal conduct occurred. GSWISE shall review each applicant’s record on a case-by-case basis.
What information is included in the background check?
This background check includes criminal records, searches of convictions, arrests, court records, inmate records, and sex offender registries. It does not include credit checks or motor vehicle checks.
What if GSWISE receives criminal history results that I believe are incorrect?
Under Section 612 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you have the right to obtain a free copy of the report if you submit a written request to Asurint no later than 60 days after you receive an Adverse Action letter. Under Section 611 of that act, and state law you also have the right to dispute the accuracy or completeness of any information in the report by contacting the consumer reporting agency (Asurint) responsible for providing the report, GSWISE will rely upon the information contained in the criminal history report until a corrected report has been provided.
Will all volunteers need to complete a background check?
Any person that will have direct contact with girls, any volunteer with financial responsibility, all service team members and all persons 18 years or older that reside at a residence where meetings or events occur.
What about confidentiality?
GSWISE will maintain the confidentiality of all criminal background information, including information regarding disqualification decisions.
A note on privacy and security
Asurint, a premier provider of background and employment / volunteer screening used nationwide, ensures complete privacy of all solicited information.
Your information will be seen and used only by Asurint and only to complete a background check; this information is not shared with any other person or organization.
There shall be no discrimination against an otherwise qualified adult volunteer by reason of disability, age, race, color, ethnicity, sex, creed, national origin, citizenship, or socio-economic status.