Through the course of their academic programs, all medical (undergraduate and graduate), nursing, and rehabilitation therapy students (health sciences students) in the Faculty at Queen’s University will at some time interact with vulnerable populations. In an effort to protect these vulnerable people, many clinical agencies require that health sciences students provide confirmation of the absence of a criminal conviction or outstanding criminal charges prior to participating in their clinical rotation.
In recognition of the requirements of the clinical agencies and the Faculty’s responsibility to ensure that its health sciences students do not place vulnerable populations at additional risk, the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy (the Schools) will henceforth require, as a condition of admission and, once admitted, either on an annual basis thereafter or as required by the Director of the School, that students provide their respective School with a current Police Records Check and a Vulnerable Sector Screening.
The Police Records Check includes a check of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) national Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database for the following:
• All records of Criminal Code (Canada) convictions
• All pardoned sexual offences
• All records of convictions under the Controlled Drugs and Substances
• All records of convictions under the Narcotic Control Act
• All records of convictions under the Food and Drugs Act
• Any undertakings to enter into a Surety to Keep the Peace
• Any Restraining Orders issued under the Criminal Code (Canada) or the Family Law Act
• All outstanding warrants and charges
In addition to the above, Vulnerable Sector Screening may provide the following information:
• All records of Criminal Code convictions for young persons
• Records of “Not guilty: Not Criminally responsible on account of mental disorder”
• Apprehension under the Mental Health Act
• Probation orders in effect.
The Police Records Check and the Vulnerable Sector Screening will be referred to hereafter as the Police Check.
In addition to offences disclosed under the Police Records Check and the Vulnerable Sector Screening, students are required to disclose if they have been charged with (where charges are still outstanding or unresolved) or convicted of an offense under any other Federal statute or international law (other offenses).
Students are required to disclose if they have been charged (where charges are still outstanding and unresolved) or been disciplined by any professional body or association.
The majority of students will receive a “clear” Police Check indicating that no police record was found for that individual in the jurisdiction(s) surveyed. A small number of students may receive a “not clear” Police Check. A “not clear” Police Check means a police record was found for the individual. The reasons for a “not clear” Police Check can vary greatly.