The Criminal Record Check
SFU and the Criminal Records Review Act
Starting January 2012, amendments to the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) require students to consent to a special CRRA Criminal Record Check before enrolling in certain courses. The courses affected are those with a practicum component that involves working with children or vulnerable adults.
SFU is required by law to ensure that every student registered in a practicum that involves working with children or vulnerable adults undergoes a CRRA Criminal Record Check. The University must submit consent forms with payment to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. SFU is prohibited by law to permit students to work with children or vulnerable adults without a CRRA Criminal Record Check. Similarly, if a CRRA Criminal Record Check returns a determination of risk, the University is obligated to ensure that the student does not work with children or vulnerable adults.
Please note, at SFU the CRRA applies to students only – not to employees. The CRRA does not apply to research or co-op programs. Some SFU programs may already require a criminal record check. Contact your program advisor for more information.
Students with criminal record checks conducted through agencies other than the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General are still expected to fulfill this requirement. Further, the process for a CRRA Criminal Record Check must be undertaken by SFU only.