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Background Checks

For students

Background checks are required of all students by the end of their first semester. The background check will include a social security trace, a seven-year period covering a criminal history database search, a county and federal record criminal check, and a national sex offender database search. Payment of the fee for the background check will be the responsibility of the student. View the policy document.

There is more than one method to fulfill this requirement:

  • Ask your ELCA candidacy committee, denominational judicatory body or employer to send a copy of a recent background check to Student Affairs at Luther Seminary.
  • Complete a background check by logging into CastleBranch and follow the instructions. Students will click on the ‘Place Order’ button in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Next, enter the Package Code LU20 in the box to continue with the process. The cost for the background check is $50.00.
  • International Students:  Check with Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs. The requirement is typically, but not always, fulfilled by the process of gaining a student visa.