During the application process, all applicants have the opportunity to self-identify as being previously convicted of a felony. Those applicants affirming such a history are required to submit a written statement outlining the details of the conviction and the steps previously taken to reform and prevent repeated behavior. This written statement is separate from the personal statement required by select applicants appealing to the Admissions Committee.
Also, any student self-reporting a criminal history will be required to give consent to the Provost allowing the Provost to request a criminal background check report from a reputable agency of the Provosts choosing. Such a report will give accurate detail either supporting or refuting the claims made by the applicant and provide an unbiased narrative of the past criminal history in question. Since the report may improve the universitys ability to fairly adjudicate the students application, the university will pay any fees required by the reporting agency. This report will then remain confidential, secured in the University Provosts Office, and viewable only by the University President, Provost, and Vice President of Enrollment Services during a called meeting of the Admissions Special Circumstances Sub-committee of the Admissions Committee. A copy of the report will be included in the final electronic version of the students admissions file via the document tracking feature within the universitys database management system and processed under the direct supervision of the Executive Director of Enrollment Management with original copies returned to the Provost.
Lastly, if any student admitted by the university fails to self-report a criminal history, the Provost has the authority and discretion to summarily dismiss the student. Dismissal as a result of a criminal history will not merit an appeal at any level of university administration and will remain in effect indefinitely.