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Instructions for NJSP Background Checks

If you received an email from noreply@aps.rutgers.edu regarding obtaining a criminal history background check for a program involving minors at Rutgers University, please complete the following steps. Please be sure to check your junk mail for this email. If you have not received an email, please contact your Program Director and request that they initiate the background check process through the Protection of Minors Database. Once your Program Director has added you as an employee or volunteer to the program and selected the type of background check needed, you will receive an automatically generated email with further instructions.

Notification Methods

Definitions:
Abuse
Abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional harm or risk of harm to a child under the age of 18 caused by a parent or other person who acts as a caregiver for the child.
Neglect
Neglect occurs when a parent or caregiver fails to provide proper supervision for a child or adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care although financially able or assisted to do so.

What should you do if you suspect abuse or neglect?

  • In case of any emergency, dial 9-1-1 immediately.
  • In addition, you must take these two steps if you suspect or know that a child is suffering abuse or neglect.
  • Step #1. Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect.
    1-877 NJ ABUSE (652-2873)
    TTY 1-800-835-5510
  • Step #2. Call the Rutgers Police on your campus.
    New Brunswick Campus
    732-932-7211
    Health Sciences at Newark 973-972-4491
    Camden Campus
    856-225-6111
    Newark Campus
    973-353-5581

Make a report:

  • If you know or suspect that a minor is suffering abuse or neglect.
  • Regardless of who the suspected culprit may be — a family member, teacher, religious leader, student, or coach, well-respected or not.
  • Regardless of where the abuse or neglect may be occurring, for example in the home, at Rutgers, or elsewhere.

Before making a report, you do not need to conduct your own investigation or be certain that mistreatment has occurred.

Anyone who makes a report in good faith receives legal protection from retaliation. So pick up the phone. It's your legal duty, and it's the right thing to do.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Minors on Campus Task Force at
protectminors@aps.rutgers.edu.

NJ State Police Background Checks (NJSP)

Fingerprint based background checks through the NJSP can be obtained by visiting the NJ State Police Website and following the instructions for Noncriminal Justice Licensing/Employment Requests Form D. The regular fee for this background check is $40.70.

  • Please fill in the Employer Section as follows:
    Rutgers University Human Resources
    57 US Highway 1
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Attention: Background Checks

Complete the Finger Print form and call the State Police for a fingerprint appointment. Appointments may be scheduled through the NJSP Call Center or online. English and Spanish speaking agents are available at 1-877-503-5981, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM EST and Saturday, 8:00AM to 12 Noon EST.

Any questions regarding these procedures may be directed to the Rutgers Police or the NJ State Police at 609-882-2000 ext. 2918.