Background check question

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  1. lsg1

    lsg1 Mouseketeer

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    I have a question about my DD who is waiting to hear back after her phone interview that she had on Thursday.

    Someone posted that there were questions on the application about past arrests and convictions. She said there were no questions of this type on her application. Do you think she missed them?

    Long story short, she was arrested for possession of marijuana a few months ago, and rather than plead guilty she is doing a diversionary program and will get a conditional discharge. If she stays clean for 6-12 months, she is cleared and the charge can be expunged from her record, and the lawyer said this is not considered a conviction. So if she were asked if she was convicted she was not...it is also not a felony, it is a misdemeanor. She is a good kid, and was just in the wrong place at the the wrong time. If this was done in our home state she would have just gotten a fine, but unfortunately, she was in another state with stricter laws.

    If she does get accepted, I have read that she will get fingerprinted and have a background check after she goes down to WDW during casting. I wish the background check could be done before she goes down. I would hate for her to go down and then get rejected after the background check. She will put the info on any form that asks for it before the background check. She will check 'no' for any convictions, but should probably disclose that she got a conditional discharge since it will most likely come up on her background check. What are the chances that this would disqualify her and she would be sent home?
     
  2. khancock

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    my take is that as long as she discloses, she will be OK no matter what shows on the background check

    she will def run into trouble if she says "no" to everything and something pops up.
     
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  4. mousefan29

    mousefan29 Earning My Ears

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    She's going to run into major problems. The application asks if you have any criminal charges, or charges pending. A misdemeanor absolutely is that. She should have marked yes, and then she is prompted to fill out additional background information to get cleared with a pending misdemeanor. We have several kids get all the way to florida and get sent home after the background check. She needs to call Disney and disclose it. Chances are high if she doesn't and gets to disney she'll be termed before she starts.
     
  5. lsg1

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    She doesn't remember seeing on the application. I guess she can wait to see if she's accepted before calling. What number would she call to disclose this? I did read that they give you a chance to disclose anything once you're down there before running the background check, but it would be better if she can disclose it beforehand.
     
  6. erinerin

    erinerin Earning My Ears

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    The background disclosure is no longer a part of the application. Once you accept your position, pay your fees, and choose an arrival date you'll get an email after that with the subject "Disney College Program: Request for Additional Information" that will include two links, one of which is "Pre-Arrival Background Disclosure" and that is when she should disclose her situation. As long as she's honest here, she should be fine. It's the people that lie about stuff because they don't think it's on their record anymore that get sent home when they fingerprint at casting.

    Also, make sure your daughter is aware of the possibility of being required to do a drug test. Lifeguards and other safety critical roles get tested usually the day they arrive, but any cast member can be randomly selected for testing as well.
     
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  7. bmbmd

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    So do they hire kids with prior marijuana arrests/adjudications?
     
  8. madammemimm

    madammemimm Earning My Ears

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    I know that a prior conviction, if previously disclosed, is not an automatic refusal. Try and see!
     
  9. disneylove69

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    Many states it is illegal to ask about criminal background on application or during interview, except certain state/ gov't jobs, until they are given a conditional job offer. You might be in a state that has that law. The law was created so criminals with felonies could get jobs.
     
  10. lsg1

    lsg1 Mouseketeer

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    Yes
     
  11. Adventuremouse12

    Adventuremouse12 Earning My Ears

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    I am accepted into the Disney college program but I currently have something on my record it will be sealed a month before I arrive but they want my pre arrival disclosure now once my record is sealed I will have an absolutely clean record and they won’t find anything but I don’t know what to put for the pre arrival disclosure





     
  12. cj.scribbles

    cj.scribbles Earning My Ears

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    Now that I've read this post Im trying to think about when I submitted my application and did my interview. I honestly don't remember being asked anything about criminal history charges or anything of that nature. It's possible they asked whenever I filled out my info online but I dont remember that either. I do know that when you go for Casting, like, the first day they're going to take allllll your information. Fingerprints, ID, and basically do a whole work file for you so it's possible that that's whenever any of those issues will come up.

    I never did and am not doing the DCP but whenever I filled out for part-time it was very simple. The application asked for mostly general stuff as far as I can remember. If anyone wants to fill out an application for fun go to Disney Careers to see but I dont think it ever came up...ever. Which is weird. Even the phone interview was pretty relaxed.

    If she gets a position that requires testing it might come up again and she might want to voluntarily offer that information or express that to someone early on but otherwise if it's nothing super serious she should be fine.
     

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