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Criminal and Disciplinary History in College Admissions

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Tammy Aagard*
University of Florida

Philip Ballinger (Co-Chair)
University of Washington

Hans Cooper
Johns Hopkins University

Lisa Cooper Wilkins
San Joanquin Delta College (representing NASPA)

Kelly Gualtieri
Maine Maritime Academy

Louis Hunt
North Carolina State University

Kim Johnston
National Association for College Admission Counseling

Jamie Jorgensen
National Association of College and University Attorneys

Lee Melvin (Co-Chair)
University of Buffalo

Cassandra Moore
Anne Arundel Community College

Adam Ross Nelson
The Common Application

Bart Quinet
Vanderbilt University

Sherry Wells
Lamar University

Matt Wilcox
University of Georgia

Maureen Woods
University of Illinois at Chicago
*AACRAO Board Member


The removal of criminal record(s) questions from the admissions application is a conversation currently taking place not only on campus but amongst legislators on both the State and National level. In response, AACRAO assembled a work group to:
  • Develop guidance concerning the use of student criminal history in the college admissions process,
  • Review the Disciplinary Notations Guide to develop guidance related to the receipt of student transcripts with disciplinary notations or other notifications of disciplinary infractions at previous institutions, and
  • Generate guiding principles for the development of institutional policy regarding use of disciplinary notations and criminal history questions.
AACRAO plays a key role in this discussion. The development of recommendations regarding these sensitive issues will assist AACRAO members and legislators as they develop sound policies that balance access to higher education with public safety.

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