Criminal Background Checks and Professional and Ethical Behavior

Criminal Background Checks

The College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS), Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences (NHS), along with the public and private schools and community agencies who provide services or programs for children, are all keenly attuned to the safety of the educational community, and particularly children.  CEHS and NHS have the responsibility to ensure that our students who interact with individuals served by schools or other agencies meet a high level of personal, professional and ethical behavior.

If required by a school or community agency, any student who wishes to volunteer or complete an experience as part of course requirements in a school environment or other community agency working with children will be required to complete an official Criminal History Background Check through OneSource, the Background Check Company at the student’s expense. 

Professional and Ethical Behavior: Criminal Convictions and Avoiding Risky Behaviors

In addition to criminal convictions, other non-criminal behaviors which involve risks that are unacceptable for future registered dietitians and the clientele they serve. Any behavior which demonstrates a lack of professionalism and good judgment; a disregard for one’s personal reputation, the integrity of the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, or the dietetic profession, may bring into question a student’s ability to be successful in a career as a registered dietitian.

All students in the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics are expected to adhere to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Code of Conduct located at the following web address:  The Code specifies acts of student misconduct for which an offending individual will be subject to disciplinary sanctions under the University Disciplinary Procedures.

Dietetics is a profession that requires its potential candidates to be individuals of the highest integrity and of strong moral character who can make mature decisions for themselves and for their clientele.  Dietetic internship programs will require drug testing and/or a criminal background check as part of the application process or upon acceptance into the program.  If the criminal and abuse background check reveals questionable information, a dietetic intern may be denied direct patient/client access in the facilities providing supervised practice. This can result in rejection of the student’s application or dismissal of the student from the internship program if completed after acceptance into the program.