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  1. Hi All, I was recently accepted into a few graduate programs and offered assistantships. As my major is chemistry, pretty much all doctoral programs offer a full tuition remission and stipend of about $30,000/year as a teaching or research assistant. I have 3 charges from a VERY long time ago. Possession of marijuana from 2000, dui from 2001, and a 2nd dui from 2004. All are misdemeanors. Most of the applications I filled out did not ask the question about criminal records on the application, but because I have an assistantship I will be asked after I accept an offer, and will have to undergo a background check. In the 12 years since I was arrested for the second dui, I stopped drinking, went back to school, and have been teaching as an adjunct for 5 years now. All of my references are stellar, and my academic/criminal/employement history for the past 12 years is great. I was curious if anyone here had any experience with passing/going through a background check for an assistantship that was in a similar situation. I just want to get a general idea of how likely it is that I will pass the background check, and what it entails. My guy tells me that it won't be a huge issue both due to the amount of time since the charges, that they are relatively minor (compared to felonies/assaults/robbery, etc.), and what I have done since the last one. However I know it will take a long time to find out for sure because I'm not even sure how long the background check will be given after accepting the offer, and I have to give notice to my jobs about whether I can work in the Summer/Fall within a week or two. If I do accept it and then DON'T pass the background check 3 months from now, I'll be stuck without that position AND without the job I am working now or any way to get my job back until January of next year. Again, I'm just curious if anyone has been through a similar situation and how it went. Thanks in advance.
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