Criminal Background Checks for Clinical Experience Placements

Local districts require IWU clinical students to complete a name-based criminal background check prior to the first day of placement. 

District 87 & Unit 5 Criminal Background Check (CBC) Procedures. 

 District 87

$8.00 cash paid at District 87 office

Valid for one school year 

Clearance is school specific

 Unit 5

$8.00 paid online

Valid for 12 months

Step 1: Print and complete the 3 Disclosure Forms found at the site below.
Step 1: Pay $8.00 at the Unit 5 online payment link found at the site below.

Save your receipt.

D87 Criminal Background Check Disclosure Forms
Unit 5 online payment link
Step 2: Return the following items to the HR receptionist located in the lower-level of the District 87 Office at 300 E. Monroe, Bloomington, IL, Monday through Friday (except school holidays, weekends, or breaks) between the hours of 8:00-12:00 and 1:30-4:00:
  • Completed D87 Disclosure Forms
  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • $8.00 fee – exact cash only; save receipt.
Step 2 : Email for a link to the Unit 5 Background Check site.


Step 3: Receive a clearance email from the District 87 office when your criminal background check has been approved. Bring clearance email with you to placement.
Step 3: Begin your clinical experience 24 hours after you have completed steps 1 and 2 listed above
District 87 Schools
  • Bloomington High School 
  • Bloomington Jr. High School 
  • Bent, Irving, Oakland, Sheridan, Stevenson, Washington (Elementary Schools)
 Unit 5 Schools
  • Normal Community, Normal Community West (High Schools)
  • Chiddix, Evans, Kinsley, Parkside (Junior High Schools) 
  • Benjamin, Brigham, Carlock, Fairview, Fox Creek, Glenn, Grove, Hoose, Hudson, Northpoint, Oakdale, Parkside, Pepper Ridge, Prairieland, Sugar Creek Towanda (Elementary Schools)


  • Complete the criminal background check process by the second week of class.
  • Allow 2 weeks for district to complete the criminal background check process.
  • If placed in a district other than D87 or U5 contact district office for criminal background check procedure.
  • IWU students are responsible for fees associated with criminal background checks.
  • Districts cannot share criminal background checks.
  • Students who do not comply will be removed from placement.
  • District requirements are subject to change.