Purpose Statement

Minnesota Department of Human Services (who requires a background study):
Background studies are required for certain people who provide direct contact services to vulnerable adults and children. State law requires people who provide direct contact services in certain health and human service settings to have a background study completed by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Direct contact services may apply to volunteers if they provide unsupervised services. DHS background studies are also required for certain others, such as guardians and conservators, guardians ad litem, people who provide foster care for children, and people who seek to adopt a child.

If you disagree with the results of your background study, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services and/or a member of the Student Success team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • Background Study: The background study determines whether a person committed an act that would disqualify him/her from providing direct contact services to children or vulnerable adults.
  • Direct Contact: Direct contact services means providing face-to-face care, training, supervision, counseling, consultation, or medication assistance to clients in health and human services programs.


  • The requirement of student background studies will be included in SCC program handbooks web sites and SharePoint sites.

Date of Last Review: 2/18/2021