All Healthcare Education Division students must submit to and satisfactorily complete a criminal background check. Candidacy for admission may be rescinded and reversed based on review of the students’ criminal background check. Students and applicants who refuse to submit to a criminal background check will be disqualified as an applicant if seeking admission or readmission to the program. Students and applicants who are disqualified from a Healthcare Education Division program may seek admission into another educational program.

Criminal history record checks will be performed through the legal process of collecting data and fingerprints on all healthcare applicants and students by designated ECCC personnel. Fingerprints and data will be transmitted to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and run through the Mississippi Criminal Information and Federal Bureau of Investigation databases to complete state and national criminal history background checks.

ECCC performs criminal history record checks pursuant to, but not inclusive to, Section 37-29-232 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, Section 43-11-13 of the Mississippi Code of 1972.

A comprehensive criminal history search will be conducted through all state and federal databases. All convictions, deferred adjudications or judgments, expunged criminal records, and pending criminal charges will be noted. The student and/or applicant will be responsible for expenses to provide any necessary documentation showing disposition of charges.

Students and/or applicants have the right to review information reported by the Mississippi Department of Health for accuracy and completeness. (See Noncriminal Justice Applicant’s Privacy Rights.) Prior to making a final determination that will adversely affect the student, the student will have the opportunity to provide any supporting documentation in disposition of the charge(s). The process to review, challenge, correct, or update erroneous information can be obtained at checks.

Although it is the students and/or applicants’ right to withhold the evidence of the criminal background check, the college has to adhere to standards set forth by its clinical laboratory affiliates. Therefore, results must be disclosed to the Dean of Healthcare Education to seek eligibility for any healthcare education program at ECCC. Failure to notify the Dean within seven (7) business days of receiving the report will result in an automatic ineligible status for admission or progression into the healthcare programs of ECCC. Employability is not guaranteed in the chosen health education program.