Having a felony conviction excludes the applicant from becoming a volunteer with SCORE. All volunteer applicants who check having a felony conviction on their online application will be automatically disqualified. SCORE HQ will not notify chapters of the auto-denial.
If volunteers apply directly to the Chapter, the applicant should be directed to the SCORE.org website to complete their applicant. It is good practice as part of the SCORE interview process to do a simple name search in an Internet browser. If an applicant has checked “NO” to the question of having a felony conviction, and later it is found that one exists, this automatically disqualifies the individual on ethical grounds (lying on an application,). If an applicant contacts the chapter for reconsideration after denial, and the chapter leadership feels as though there are special circumstances that should be considered, the chapter administrator or chair should contact the Regional Vice President and the Vice President of Field Operations with specific details. The final decision will be made by the Vice President of Field Operations and will be final.
SCORE does not conduct comprehensive background checks on volunteer applicants through third-party reporting agencies. Chapters must not conduct their own background checks unless otherwise explicitly permitted by the SCORE VP of Operations.