Criminal Background Check Q&A
Why is Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast doing background checks?
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?
According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you have the right to obtain a free copy of any consumer report from Asurint within 60 days of the day when any adverse action is taken against you based on the report. You also have 30 days to report and dispute the results you believe to be incorrect or incomplete to Asurint , who is the reporting source. 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 volunteer who has or may have care, custody, and control of girls, such as all leaders. Any volunteer with financial responsibilities, such as service unit treasurer. See Addendum A for further clarification. Addendum A is part of the Operational Volunteer Policies and Practices.
What about confidentiality?
GSWISE will maintain the confidentiality of all criminal background information, including information regarding disqualification decisions.
A note on privacy and security
We recognize that the confidentiality and security of personal information is a high priority for you. All volunteers are required to complete a background check and are asked to provide their social security number and date of birth to Asurint via a secure Internet page for a criminal background check.
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.