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Retrieving Background Checks

Best Practices in Setting Up a Review Process

If you're just getting started with building a review process in WebAdMIT, we recommend that, where applicable, you complete the following steps in the order listed:

  1. Build a checklist of supplemental requirements for each applicant.
  2. Track applicants during each stage of your admissions process.
  3. Store information in Custom Fields that your program needs but is not collected from the applicant in the CAS application.
  4. Upload documents directly to an application in WebAdMIT, whether it's a document the applicant sends you or one that you want to attach to their file.
  5. Create tasks for reviewers through Assignments, where the reviewer can add their comments and scores.
  6. Create and assign Interviews for reviewers, including tracking the date and location of the interview.
  7. Score applicants based on institutional rating policies.
  8. Depending on your CAS, you may also have access to retrieving background checks.

Additionally, explore these resources for best practices when building a review process:

Background Checks in WebAdMIT

Some application services allow the retrieval of background checks through WebAdMIT. Where available, the results are sourced through CastleBranch, Inc. or Certiphi Screening, Inc. These are third-party vendors, so they may be contacted directly for the most detailed assistance.

Gaining Access to This Feature

The Background Checks feature is available on the Applicant Details Page and access to this tool is controlled through Work Groups. You must have the:

  • Request Background Check permission to submit a request for a background check.
  • View Background Check permission to view a completed background check.

Certiphi Background Checks

Some CASs facilitate a background check service through Certiphi Screening, Inc. Certiphi procures a national background report on applicants at the point of acceptance to provide criminal history reports. Degree programs that choose to participate will be contacted by Certiphi to select their background information filters and the timing of the requests to applicants.

Upon initial, conditional acceptance by a participating program, Certiphi will send an email to the preferred email address the applicant entered in their application. This email provides the applicant with access to a secure, online form via which they will provide basic identifying information and consent for this report to be procured. Their consent will serve for all programs, and they will not be asked to provide consent upon receiving additional, conditional acceptance offers by participating programs.

Once the report is complete, Certiphi Screening, Inc. will send an email to the applicant’s preferred email address requesting that the applicant review the report prior to its distribution. The applicant will be provided with an opportunity to contest the accuracy of the contents of the report within the specified ten calendar day period. If the applicant does not review this report, the report will be distributed after this period elapses.

CastleBranch Background Checks

Some CASs offer background check services through CastleBranch, Inc. You can request and view results directly in WebAdMIT.

Requesting a CastleBranch Background Check

When you request a CastleBranch background check, the applicant will receive an email invitation to initiate the background check process.

If they don't accept the eVite, it will expire after 30 days. You can resend an eVite after it expires. Note that clicking Send new eVite will send a new eVite, not the first eVite. If the applicant completes both the first and new eVites, they will be charged twice. Direct them to CastleBranch for any questions or canceling orders.

  1. Navigate to the Applicant Details page.
  2. Go to the Personal Information panel, Background Check subpanel.
  3. Click Send eVite, then confirm by clicking OK on the following window. If the applicant applied to multiple programs, you can send an eVite per designation.

Send CastleBranch background check eVite

Viewing CastleBranch Background Check Results

Once the applicant has accepted the eVite, and the results are gathered, WebAdMIT provides a link to CastleBranch to view the results. Click View Results to be redirected to CastleBranch. You must use your login information for CastleBranch, not WebAdMIT, to view the background check results. For assistance with CastleBranch, contact CastleBranch Client Service.

Button to view a completed CastleBranch background check

CastleBranch Background Check Statuses

Background check statuses you may see in WebAdMIT and what they mean include:



Background Check Not Requested

A background check eVite has not been sent.

eVite Pending

An eVite was sent.

eVite Sent to Applicant

An eVite was successfully delivered to the applicant's email address. Note, that this does not mean the applicant opened it.

eVite has Expired

The applicant did not respond to the eVite within 30 days. If the applicant tries to respond to the expired eVite, they will receive an error message.

Applicant Completed eVite

The applicant completed and submitted the eVite to CastleBranch.

Background Check In Progress

CastleBranch is working on the background check.

Background Check Ready

CastleBranch completed the background check. Click View Results to be redirected to CastleBranch and view the results.

Background Check Cancelled

The background check has been canceled. Note that background checks can only be canceled through CastleBranch Client Service, not WebAdMIT.

Account Not Valid - Contact Customer Service

You do not have a valid account in CastleBranch. Contact the Client Support Specialist team for assistance.

Please Contact Customer Service

An error occurred when processing the background check request. Contact the Client Support Specialist team for assistance.

Error Issuing eVite Request - Contact Customer Service

An error occurred with the eVite. Contact the Client Support Specialist team for assistance.

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