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Act 153 Background Checks

A new law in Pennsylvania for the protection of minors, Act 153, states that all “school employees” who have “direct contact with children” are subject to certain requirements as a matter of state law. This includes undergoing a three-part criminal background check.

As the law defines the terms "school employees' and "direct contact with children," and in view of the number of Lehigh students who are minors as well as non-Lehigh student minors who are present on our campus frequently, the University has determined that all current employees must undergo the Act 153 background checks. Current staff and faculty must have completed the criminal background checks by December 31, 2015.

Lehigh University is working with CBY, Inc., a vendor providing criminal background check services, to enable all staff and faculty to complete this required action as conveniently and efficiently as possible.

Detailed information pertaining to the following can be found on the Office of Human Resources Website :

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Act 153
  • How to Complete The Three-Step Criminal Background Check
  • Forms You Will Encounter During The Background Check Process