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Inquiries to Colleges Requesting Criminal Background-Related Information on Applications

January 30, 2016

Al Jazeera America

Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke is interviewed by Correspondent Randall Pinkston regarding national initiative to eliminate barriers to educational opportunity faced by students with criminal histories.

Universities are asking students to divulge ANY contact they’ve had with the police or courts

January 29, 2016


According to the ‘Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law‘ SEVENTEEN universities require students to divulge ANY contact they’ve had with the police or courts. “The first phase of the initiative seeks information from 17 colleges and universities that include inquiries on their applications regarding contact with the criminal justice system, including arrests that did not lead to conviction, sealed or expunged youthful offender records, or pardoned records.”

College Application Question About Past Run-In With Police In Draw Scrutiny For Being Discriminatory

January 29, 2016

Lawyer Herald

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law reportedly reached out to 17 schools in the South on Thursday. This is to look into their practice of questioning aspiring students and asking them to give an account about their experience with violating laws and whether they have been convicted for criminal offenses.

HOT BLAST: How Auburn (and others) deal with students’ difficult pasts

January 29, 2016

Anniston Star

Did you know that Auburn University, as well as other schools, call certain perspective students with additional questions about their application? It happens when students admit to having, as The New York Times calls it, “brushes with the law.” From the school’s point of view, it allows administrators to get a better idea of which students should be admitted. From the students’ side, it can sound as if the university is unfairly judging them — particularly if their brush with the law was well in the past.  

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