Background Checks

Medical Student Handbook: Other Codes and Policies for Students

Prospective and current medical students are advised that some hospitals and outpatient clinics require students to submit to fingerprinting and criminal background checks, and drug screening tests. These are required before students are approved to participate in clinical rotations. Students who do not submit to fingerprinting and/or receive appropriate approval based upon the results of the background check or drug screening test may be unable to fulfill their academic requirements at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and, therefore, may be unable to complete their educational program. Unless otherwise notified by hospitals or clinics, students are required to pay for the costs of the background checks. See the School of Medicine Admissions Background Check Policy Statement for details.

Arrests and/or Convictions

If you have been arrested for, or convicted of, a felony or misdemeanor you will be required to disclose the nature of the offense. This does NOT include traffic citations, only arrests. All incoming and current medical students must disclose all arrests to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs with 30 days of the incident. If the arrest results in a conviction, students are also required to disclose the court in which the conviction occurred and what the disposition of the case was as a result of the offense. This disclosure must be made regardless of the sentence or penalty imposed, or lack of a sentence or penalty.

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Support and Resources

If you are experiencing problems with alcohol and/or substance abuse there are professional resources available to students.


Employees of the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs or other administrators to whom a report of student background check results is made are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information they received, except where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to move medical school and university processes forward, including gathering information to determine if any institutional action is required.