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Inquiry Into College Applicant Criminal History

Concerning an inquiry into a college applicant's nonacademic conduct prior to admission.
2019 Regular Session
Higher Education
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits a state institution of higher education (institution) from inquiring about an applicant's criminal history, or disciplinary history at an elementary, secondary, or postsecondary institution (disciplinary history), prior to admission; except that the institution may inquire about any pending criminal charges against the applicant; an applicant's prior convictions or disciplinary history for stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence; and an applicant's convictions within 5 years before submitting the application for assault, kidnapping, voluntary manslaughter, or murder.

An institution that accepts a form of application that may be used to apply to other institutions of higher education is prohibited from considering any criminal or disciplinary history information provided on that application that the institution is prohibited from inquiring into on its own application. An institution that accepts a form of application that is designed by a national application service, tailored for admission to a specific degree program, and used in other states may consider criminal history information provided on that application.

An institution's review of an otherwise qualified applicant's disclosed criminal history or disciplinary history must be made in a reasonable amount of time. An institution must provide an appeals process for an otherwise qualified applicant denied admission based on the applicant's criminal or disciplinary history.

An institution is required to post its policies regarding inquiries into an applicant's criminal and disciplinary history on its website and file such policies with the Colorado commission on higher education (commission). An institution must notify the commission at least 30 days before making any changes to such policies.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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