Volunteer Background Check FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
All Class A volunteers ages 18 years and over are required to have a current criminal background screening. Class A volunteers are those who:
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Class A volunteers are trusted to work directly with SOTX athletes and may handle SOTX resources (including money or equipment). For the protection of the SOTX athletes and Special Olympics Texas itself, we require criminal background checks of all Class A volunteers. All information acquired through the background check will remain confidential and is used only for screening purposes.
SOTX uses information acquired through the background check to screen volunteers for participation and potential roles within the organization. Once the background check has been submitted to SOTX a notation will be made in their volunteer record along with the date the screening was conducted.
If the background check reveals certain convictions, a volunteer may be disqualified from participation as a volunteer with SOTX. For a full list of these offenses please see Section C of the 2015 Sports Information Guide.
If the background or motor vehicle check discloses a conviction for a DWI or three or more moving violations in the preceding three years, the volunteer applicant shall be disqualified from driving on behalf of SOTX.
If the background check reveals any money-related convictions with in the previous 10 years, the applicant shall be prohibited from handling monies on behalf of SOTX.
Deferred adjudication or any similar disposition under the laws of another state whereby a finding of guilt is withheld or otherwise stayed shall be considered a conviction unless the violation is officially dismissed.
The background check must be conducted by the approved SOTX vendor, Verified Volunteers at a Level 2. Other background check vendors have not been vetted by SOTX and thus their reports are not accepted.
SOTX does not require volunteers to submit their Social Security number for our records.
SOTX requires background checks through Verified Volunteers every four years. In the event an offenses found on your record during the background check, you will be required to resubmit a new application after three years.
Minors under the age of 18 do not need to submit a background check to SOTX, but are required to do so when they turn 18.
We encourage SOTX athletes to become involved as volunteers. If they decide to participate as a Class A volunteer they must undergo a background check and complete all other steps required of Class A volunteers.
Because of the expense of these extensive background checks, we ask that our volunteers pay the fee so that SOTX can devote more it its budget toward providing quality, year-round sports training and competition to the athletes.