Background Screening

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (“DST”) currently sponsors several programs designed to promote the development of young girls and boys. These include, but are not limited to, Delta GEMS (“GEMS”), Delta Academy (“Academy”), and EMBODI (collectively “youth initiatives”). The youth initiatives are supervised by Delta’s National Program Planning and Development Committee, but implemented through alumnae Chapters, sometimes with the participation of collegiate Chapters. Generally, each Chapter administers the youth initiatives through committees, which are responsible for oversight of these programs.

In 2011, the National Program Planning and Development Committee formulated the Risk Management Manual. Based on foundational principles and practices, this document still serves as a mechanism to promote effective risk management practices, ethical conduct, and accountability. Delta chapters will now be able to provide to all volunteers a vetted background screening company that can provide background check clearance for all Delta volunteers.

Delta’s volunteer screening procedures listed within the Risk Management manual will remain the same. The background screening performed by Palmetto Security Services is good for 3 years. If a previous purchased background screening was completed by June 30, 2017 and included a search on the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (“NSOPW”),, as well as a state AND federal criminal background check (as noted in the Risk Management manual, dated September 2017) the screening certification is good for 3 years. Starting now, all background screenings must be conducted thru Palmetto Security Services.

Before selecting your appropriate region and filling out the background screening check form, please note the following:

  • Palmetto Security Services has settings in place secure the form as extremely sensitive information is being collected.
  • Upon clicking a region's specific link, you will be redirected to that region's page even if you attempt to click a different one after.
  • In the event you select the wrong region, you may do the following:
    • Clear your browser's cache/cookies
    • Open a different web browser from the one being currently used
    • Open a private browsing window


Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming

Central Regional Risk Management Background Screening


Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, DC.
International Chapters: England, Germany, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix and St. Thomas)

Eastern Regional Risk Management Background Screening


Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
International Chapters: Japan (Okinawa and Tokyo) and the Republic of Korea (Seoul)

Farwest Regional Risk Management Background Screening


Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

Midwest Regional Risk Management Background Screening


North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia
International Chapters: Bermuda

South Atlantic Regional Risk Management Background Screening


Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee
International Chapters: Bahamas

Southern Regional Risk Management Background Screening


Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas
International Chapters: Bahamas

Southwest Regional Risk Management Background Screening

If you are experiencing any difficulty or need further assistance, please contact Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Headquarters at (202) 986-2400