Background Checks in the University Admissions Process: An Overview of Legal and Policy Considerations
88 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2008
A primary question post-Virginia Tech has been how to improve safety on campus. This article encourages colleges and universities as one part of a comprehensive, environmental risk-management plan to conduct criminal background checks on applicants for admission. The article begins by examining recent incidences of student-on-student on or near campus. It then discusses current college and university practices regarding student background checks. Next, the article explores myriad legal and policy issues related to background checks, and concludes with specific steps schools should follow if campus leadership decides to implement background checks. In sum, the article concludes that background checks can help colleges and universities to create a reasonably safe educational environment.
Keywords: background check, criminal background check, Virginia Tech, admissions, college admissions, campus safety, campus violence, university, college, risk management
JEL Classification: K00, K10
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