FORBES LIBRARY CORI/SORI POLICY
This policy is applicable to the criminal history screening of prospective and current volunteers and interns over the age of 18.
I. CONDUCTING CORI SCREENING
CORI and SORI checks will only be conducted as authorized by the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services and MGL c. 6, §.172 and M.G.L. c. 6, §§ 178C-178Q., and only after a CORI/SORI Acknowledgement Form has been completed. If a new CORI/SORI check is to be made on a subject within a year of his/her signing of the CORI/SORI Acknowledgement Form, the subject shall be given seventy two (72) hours notice that a new CORI/SORI check will be conducted.
II. ACCESS TO CORI
All CORI obtained by the Forbes Library is confidential, and access to the information will be limited to those individuals who have a “need to know.” This may include, but not be limited to, hiring managers, staff submitting the CORI requests, and staff charged with processing job applications. Forbes Library must maintain and keep a current list of each individual authorized to have access to, or view, CORI. This list must be updated every six(6) months and is subject to inspection upon request by the DCJIS at any time.
III. CORI TRAINING
An informed review of a criminal record requires training. Accordingly, all personnel authorized to review or access CORI at Forbes Library will review, and will be thoroughly familiar with, the educational and relevant training materials regarding CORI laws and regulations made available by the DCJIS.
Additionally, if Forbes Library is an agency required by MGL c. 6,s. 171A, to maintain a CORI Policy, all personnel authorized to conduct criminal history background checks and/or to review CORI information will review, and will be thoroughly familiar with, the educational and relevant training materials regarding CORI laws and regulations made available by the DCJIS.
IV. USE OF CRIMINAL HISTORY IN BACKGROUND SCREENING
CORI and SORI used for screening purposes shall only be accessed for applicants who are otherwise qualified for the position for which they have applied. Unless otherwise provided by law, a criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant. Rather, determinations of suitability based on background checks will be made consistent with this policy and any applicable law or regulations.
V. VERIFYING A SUBJECT’S IDENTITY
If a criminal record is received from the DCJIS, the information is to be closely compared with the information on the CORI Acknowledgement Form and any other identifying information provided by the applicant to ensure the record belongs to the applicant.
If the information in the CORI record provided does not exactly match the identification information provided by the applicant, a determination is to be made by an individual authorized to make such determinations based on a comparison of the CORI record and documents provided by the applicant.
VI. INQUIRING ABOUT CRIMINAL HISTORY
In connection with any decision regarding volunteer opportunities, the subject shall be provided with a copy of the criminal history record whether obtained from the DCJIS or from any other source, prior to questioning the subject about his or her criminal history. The source(s) of the criminal history record is also to be disclosed to the subject.
VII. DETERMINING SUITABILITY
If a determination is made, based on the information as provided in section V of this policy, that the criminal record belongs to the subject, and the subject does not dispute the record’s accuracy, then the determination of suitability for the position will be made. Unless otherwise provided by law, factors considered in determining suitability may include, but not be limited to, the following:
- (a) Relevance of the record to the position sought;
- (b) The nature of the work to be performed;
- (c) Time since the conviction;
- (d) Age of the candidate at the time of the offense;
- (e) Seriousness and specific circumstances of the offense;
- (f) The number of offenses;
- (g) Whether the applicant has pending charges;
- (h) Any relevant evidence of rehabilitation or lack thereof; and
- (i) Any other relevant information, including information submitted by the candidate or requested by the organization.
The applicant is to be notified of the decision and the basis for it in a timely manner.
VIII. ADVERSE DECISIONS BASED ON CORI/SORI
If an authorized official is inclined to make an adverse decision based on the results of a criminal history background check, the applicant will be notified immediately. The subject shall be provided with a copy of the organization’s CORI policy and a copy of the criminal history. The source(s) of the criminal history will also be revealed. The subject will then be provided with an opportunity to dispute the accuracy of the CORI and/or SORI record. Subjects shall also be provided a copy of DCJIS’ Information Concerning the Process for Correcting a Criminal Record.
IX. SECONDARY DISSEMINATION LOGS
All CORI obtained from the DCJIS is confidential and can only be disseminated as authorized by law and regulation. A central secondary dissemination log shall be used to record any dissemination of CORI outside this organization, including dissemination at the request of the subject.
Approved by Board of Trustees: 17 February 2016 and amended 21 September 2017