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DCI Criminal History Background Check

Iowa schools are beginning to require all adults who work in their schools, in any capacity, to be able to prove that they have been screened by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation for any history of criminal behavior. As a field experience student, you will need to be able to show proof in some Iowa schools that the Iowa DCI found no evidence of a criminal history for you.

If you do not have such proof when requested by a school in which you intend to do your field experience, you run the risk of not being able to complete the field experience and, therefore, may have to drop the course until you are able to receive this proof from the DCI. Once the proof is requested, it can take from two to four weeks for the results.

Request Forms

Complete and submit the following forms found on the Iowa Criminal History Records website:

  1. Criminal History Request form [pdf]. You will need to submit a separate Request form with payment for each last name submitted.

  2. Criminal History Billing form [pdf]

Hints for completing the forms:

  • On the Request Form:
    • Ignore the account number and complete the rest of the information.

    • The top right side is your return address information so that the DCI can return the data to you directly.

    • The middle box, “Request,” is where you write your identification information about yourself.

    • The next box is the “Results” section that the DCI will return to you, stating whether or not you have a criminal history. This is the proof that you will provide your school, should they ask.

    • You do not need to sign the “Waiver” box because you are requesting this information of yourself.

  • On the Billing Form:

    • Ignore the Account Number and complete the rest of the page until the very bottom. You will put your last name on the first entry and ignore the remaining seven blanks.

  • Send your completed forms along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the DCI.

  • You will receive a response from the DCI approximately two to four weeks after you submit your background check request forms.

  • Once you have received your results, carry it with you to all field experiences between now and graduation from UNI. This background check is the only one that will be required of you throughout the UNI Teacher Education Program (we hope!). However, you will need to complete a full background check, complete with fingerprinting, for the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. This will occur prior to student teaching, and you will receive assistance with this from the Teacher Education Program at UNI.


Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Deb Hacker
Black Hawk Hall 258
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Student Success Specialist

Tiffany Dodd
Black Hawk Hall 261
319-239-2329 ext.1060
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Jane Even
Black Hawk Hall 236
319-296-2329 ext.1431
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Tami McCoy
Black Hawk Hall 236
319-296-2329 ext.1298
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Emily Knutson
Black Hawk Hall 236
319-296-2329 ext.1558
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Catharine Freeman
Black Hawk Hall 258B
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