Criminal Background Certification Instructions

Buffalo, NY Applicants: Do not respond to this inquiry unless or after a first interview. When you are required to respond, please do not disclose youthful offender convictions.

California Applicants: When answering, you need not identify any conviction for a marijuana-related offense if the conviction is more than two years old, or any information pertaining to referral to and participation in any pre-trial or post-trial diversion program.

Connecticut Applicants: You need not disclose the existence of any arrest, criminal charge or conviction records which have been erased pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. §§46b-146, 54-76o, or 54-142a. Criminal records subject to erasure pursuant to these statutes are records relating to (a) determinations of “delinquency” or that, as a child, you were a member of a family with service needs, (b) a ruling you are or were a “youthful offender”, (c) a criminal charge that has been dismissed or nulled, (d) a finding you are not guilty of a criminal charge, or (e) a conviction for which you received an “absolute pardon”. Any person whose criminal records have been erased pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. §§46b-146, 54-76o, or 54-142a is deemed to have never been arrested within the meaning of the general statutes with respect to the proceedings so erased and may so swear under oath. Use the form on opposite side of this page and not the form on the application.

Hawaii Applicants: Do not respond to this inquiry until you have been given a conditional offer of employment. When you are required to respond, please limit your responses to crimes for which you were convicted within the past 10 years, excluding periods of incarceration.

Illinois Applicants: You are not required to reveal any sealed or expunged convictions, including expunged juvenile convictions.

Massachusetts Applicants: Under Massachusetts law, an employer is prohibited from making written, pre-employment inquiries of an applicant about his or her criminal history. Do not respond to this question at this time. You may respond to this question after the initial application but then the following caveat applies:

When you are required to respond, do not disclose (i) an arrest, detention, or disposition regarding any violation of law in which no conviction resulted, or (ii) a first conviction for any of the following misdemeanors: drunkenness, simple assault, speeding, minor traffic violations, affray, or disturbance of the peace, or (iii) any conviction of a misdemeanor where the date of such conviction or the completion of any period of incarceration resulting therefrom, whichever date is later, occurred five or more years prior to the date of such application for employment or such request for information, unless such person has been convicted of any offense within five years immediately preceding the date of such application for employment or such request for information.

Minnesota Applicants: Do not respond to this question until or after a first interview.

Nevada Applicants: You need only disclose convictions for felonies within the last seven years and for misdemeanors that resulted in imprisonment.

Newark, NJ Applicants: Do not respond to this question until you have received a conditional offer of employment. When you are required to respond, please limit your responses to: (i) indictable offense convictions for 8 years following the sentencing (indictable offenses are analogous to felonies); (ii) disorderly person’s convictions and municipal ordinance violations for 5 years following the sentencing; and (iii) convictions for sex offenses that require sex offender registration, murder and voluntary manslaughter without time limit.

New York Applicants: You are not required to reveal any Youthful Offender convictions.

Philadelphia, PA Applicants: Do not respond to this inquiry unless after a first interview has been completed.

Rhode Island Applicants: Do not respond to this inquiry until or after the first personal interview.
Utah Applicants: You may answer No with respect to any conviction for a misdemeanor or summary offense.

Seattle, WA Applicants: Do not respond to this question until or after a first interview. When you are required to respond, please answer “Yes” only if the conviction or release from imprisonment was within the last ten (10) years, or related to the functions of the position for which you are applying.

Washington Applicants (outside Seattle): Answer “Yes” only if the conviction or release from imprisonment was within the last ten (10) years, or related to the functions of the position for which you are applying.

VIEW all Purdue job openings and APPLY for a job now.