The results of a criminal background check and Social Security number trace provide students, parents and institutions with an additional metric to consider when choosing a qualified local tutor, Mentor or Volunteer. Freedom Tutor has partnered with Checkr, Inc. to provide the background check service to our Freedom Tutor community. Freedom Tutors does not require tutors, mentors, or volunteers in our website to have a background check conducted on themselves.
How it works
As a tutor Mentor or Volunteer in the Freedom Tutors community, we ask that you furnish your legal name, residential address, Social Security number, and any aliases you may have. In addition, as a tutor, Mentor or Volunteer you must provide an authorization for a background check when requested by Checkr within seven (7) days of the original request. Once this is received, as requested by a tutor, student, or parent, Checkr will conduct a National Criminal Database search which will return results limited to the following:
- Social Security number trace (verifying the SSN provided is a valid number and not on the death index only)
- Felony and misdemeanor convictions within the past seven (7) years, including sex crime convictions (misdemeanor or felony)
- Sex Offender Registry & Global Watchlist Search (regardless of when the conviction occurred)
Generally, to the extent permitted by applicable law, the following convictions relating to children, theft, fraud or violence will subject a tutor’s profile to deactivation from the website: felony convictions within the past seven years; and misdemeanors within the past three years, except those misdemeanors relating to children which will be considered within seven years. Freedom Tutors , however, will review every background report and will take into consideration the nature and gravity of the offense, the time of the offense and the fact that the person is attempting to be a tutor. Freedom Tutors will allow an individual to dispute any inaccurate or incomplete information before deactivating an individual’s account from the website.
Ordering a background check
A background check may be ordered in one of two ways. In both cases, the party ordering the check will be responsible for the fee of $10. 99 First, a tutor, mentor or volunteer may elect to run a background check on himself or herself. This step is optional. Second, a student, parent or institution may order a background check on a tutor, mentor or volunteer. When a background check is ordered by a student or parent or intuition, failure to provide the requested information and authorization to process the background check on the part of the tutor, mentor or volunteer will be taken as an indication that the tutor no longer wishes to find tutoring opportunities, mentoring opportunities or volunteering opportunities through Freedom Tutors and Freedom Tutors will deactivate the account of such a tutor, mentor or volunteer from the Freedom Tutors website as well as social media groups, pages and email and event lists.
A tutor, mentor or volunteer for whom a background check has been requested will have a “pending” status while the background check is processed and/or evaluated. Pending means: i) a background check is being processed, ii) a background check has been completed, but the tutor is reviewing it and has the right to dispute its accuracy or completeness, or iii) the person has a pending charge or deferred adjudication.
Regardless of the reason, if a person has had a “pending” status for 30 days consecutively, Freedom Tutors will deactivate that person’s account from the website.
Please see our Order Background Checks page for more information on ordering a background check.
What happens after a successful background check?
Upon notification of a successful background check, Freedom Tutors will post an icon on the tutor’s mentor’s or volunteer’s profile that details the date of the latest successful check. Students and parents will be able to see this icon when choosing a tutor, mentor or volunteer. Students and parents may also elect to run additional background checks at their own expense. When this happens, Freedom Tutors will communicate this action to the tutor via email and will update the tutor’s profile accordingly. Please note, in some cases, Freedom Tutors will communicate the results of a successful background check to tutor’s, mentor’s or volunteer’s contacts.
What happens after a background check does not meet the requirements of the website?
Freedom Tutors will deactivate the account of any tutor, mentor or volunteer who does not pass a background check or any tutor who does not provide the necessary information and authorization for a background check when requested within a certain period of time. Additionally, we will alert any students the tutor may have contacted while part of the Freedom Tutors community that the tutor, mentor or volunteer has not met the background check requirements of the site. All disputes regarding the results of the outcome of the background check must be directed to Checkr, Inc. at the contact information below with notice to Freedom Tutors (contact at firstname.lastname@example.org ).
One Montgomery Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94108
In the event that a background check is amended, Freedom Tutors will reactivate the tutor’s, mentor’s or volunteer’s account. Freedom Tutors will contact any former students when tutor’s, mentors or volunteer’s account is reactivated. Please note that submission of incorrect or incomplete personal information including a tutor’s name, alias, or Social Security number may lead to a background check that fails to meet the requirements of the website and thus the tutor’s account will be deactivated.