Background Checks in the University Admissions Process: An Overview of Legal and Policy Considerations

88 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Dickerson, Darby, Background Checks in the University Admissions Process: An Overview of Legal and Policy Considerations. Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1117797

Darby Dickerson (Contact Author)

UIC John Marshall Law School ( email )

300 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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