Student Disclosure of Felony Convictions or Felony Charge Currently Pending and Consent to Obtain Additional Information
Requirement to Disclose
As part of its admission process, the College requires you to complete the above Supplemental Information and Authorization for Release of Information form to disclose information regarding any felony convictions you may have.
Reason for Requirement
The College has this requirement for several reasons. First, the College has a responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all members of our community and their property. Second, the College has an interest in evaluating the character, maturity and responsibility of its applicants. Third, the College needs to determine whether a student may be appropriately placed in college housing. Finally, the College can better academically advise students of difficulties that may arise in the course of the student's efforts to obtain internship placements, professional licensure or other job placement. This is because some internship sites and professional licensing boards are required by law and/or policy to exclude people who have certain convictions. Students with a prior felony conviction will not be accepted into the following programs: Health Services, Nursing Technology, Radiologic Science Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Forensics Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Science.
College Use of the Information Disclosed
The existence of a felony conviction does not necessarily mean that a student will be denied admission to the College, its programs and/or its housing. Each case will be evaluated on its facts. Generally speaking, the rational relationship of the nature, severity, recency of the crime to the interests and needs of the College will be assessed, and the responsibility and repentance of the person convicted will be carefully considered and weighed.
You must complete the Supplemental Information and Authorization for Release of Information form to the best of your ability. This means your answers must be truthful, accurate and complete. If you know of certain information, yet are unsure whether to disclose it, you must disclose the information. The College will later determine whether the disclosure was required and, if so, whether the information is material. By your signature on the enclosed Authorization for Release of Information form, you certify your understanding and agreement to these requirements.
Consequence of Failure to Disclose
By signing the Supplemental Information and Authorization for Release of Information form, you certify that you understand and agree your failure to disclose material information in response to this form may result in immediate suspension or expulsion from a course, program, housing and/or the College.
Continuing Duty to Disclose
By submitting and signing the Supplemental Information and Authorization for Release of Information form, you certify you understand and agree to notify the College immediately of any inaccuracies in, or corrections to, the information you disclose here. You also certify that you understand and agree that you have a continuing duty to notify the College of any felony arrest or conviction during the time you are enrolled at the College.
Definition of Felony Conviction
For purposes of the Supplemental Information and Authorization for Release of Information form, a felony conviction has the following meaning:
- You must disclose any instance in any state or country where you have plead guilty or were found to be guilty by a judge or jury to felony charge(s). This includes any 1) plea of no contest or nolo contendre; 2) juvenile offense; and 3) any conviction you are currently appealing.
- You need not disclose any instance where you 1) were arrested but not charged; 2) arrested and charged but the charges were dropped; 3) arrested and charged but found not guilty by a judge or jury; 4) arrested, found guilty by a judge or jury but the conviction was overturned on appeal; or 5) where you received an executive pardon.