Requesting Clearances-Gelfand - Carnegie Mellon University

Criminal and Child Abuse Clearances for CMU Student Volunteers

Please see new procedure as of July 1st, 2015 below:

The Gelfand Center will NO LONGER be processing clearances for CMU student volunteers. The Human Resources Office at CMU will now be the office for the entire campus to receive their clearances. For more information about student volunteer clearance guidelines, please see the Volunteer Fact Sheet. As a general rule, if a volunteer does NOT have clearances from prior years and the volunteering program is taking place off campus, then they will need to obtain clearances.

While your appointment will NOT be with the Gelfand Center, we recommend doing the following to prepare for your appointment with Human Resources.

  1. The Criminal Clearance Form [.pdf] is obtained through the Pennsylvania State Police. Please print and complete the form.
  2. Please fill out a Child Abuse Clearance Form [.pdf]. You may also do this online:   
  3. If you are faculty, staff, paid student employee or student volunteer, please contact Nubhia Nishad (, 412-268-7374) or Brian Heckman (, 412-268-3210) of the Human Resources Office at CMU for more information and also to schedule an appointment to have your clearances processed. Appointments will be at the Whitfield Hall location: 143 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Please bring with you to the appointment your state ID/passport and completed forms (should you have them). Appointments will last approximately 1 hour and will be scheduled during normal business hours, M-F.

Once you have received your clearances be sure to KEEP the certificates since you will need to show this to the school or agency where you volunteer. The certificates are then valid for five years.

For questions or concerns, please contact:

Nubhia Nishad
Email: nnishad AT
Phone: (412) 268-7374