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 support the costs associated with obtaining Pennsylvania criminal and child abuse clearances for current student volunteers of Carnegie Mellon who provide services to improve educational opportunities for children in the community. 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.

If you are faculty, staff, paid student employee or student volunteer, please contact Nubhia Nishad ( of the Human Resources Office at CMU for more information on how to obtain your clearances.

While your appointment will no longer be with the Gelfand Center, we recommend doing the following to prepare for your appointment with HR.

  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]. Print and complete the form.

    Please read the Clearance FAQ page before completing your child abuse clearance application!

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 three years.

For questions or concerns, please contact:

Kristin Lavery
Phone: (412) 268-6819