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ACT 153 - Contact With Minors on Campus

Updated: 2024

In an effort to strengthen protections for children in the PA Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), Pennsylvania ACT 153 went into effect on December 31, 2014. PA ACT 153 requires colleges and universities to obtain background clearances for any individuals having routine interaction with children/minors (under the age of 18) at the university or in a university-sponsored program, activity, or service. This requirement applies to university employees, volunteers, independent contractors, and students.

Routine Interaction is defined as regular and repeated contact that is integral to a person’s employment or volunteer responsibilities.

Three (3) PA Clearances are required at the time of hire and/or beginning work with minors.

Please note:

Results for a 'paid employee' can be used for a volunteer position. Results for a 'volunteer' can not be used for a paid employee position. Please keep this in mind if you are or will be working in different capacities.

ACT153 Clearances are valid for five (5) years.