How to Obtain a Criminal Background Check

Are your students interested in volunteering with minors or children?  If so, they will need a criminal background check.  Generally, they'll need three different clearances:  (1) PA Child Abuse History, (2) PA Criminal Record Check, and (3) FBI Criminal Record Check.

Please click the link here to begin the process:


Please refer to the step-by-step guide on how to post a volunteer opportunity on the right hand side of this page. Post as many as you'd like and expect us to post the opportunity within 1 business day.


Please also refer to the worksheet regarding all the ways to partner with Widener University students and faculty.

Feel free to complete the worksheet and send it to Jayme Ruby, Civic Engagement Coordinator (One University Place, Chester, PA 19013; 610-499-4694; email: