This information is specifically for students who indicate “yes” to the question on the application for admission regarding conviction or pending misdemeanor or felony charges or expulsion from an educational institution for nonacademic misconduct reasons.
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1. Students who indicate “yes” to the question on the application for admission regarding conviction or pending misdemeanor or felony charges or expulsion from an educational institution for nonacademic misconduct reasons are required to provide additional information before an admissions decision can be made.
2. This information triggers a flag on admission application and will be sent directly to Director of Admissions.
3. Applicants then receive correspondence from the University Admissions Office requesting required documentation be provided to the Director of Admissions. The following types of information, among other, may be requested in the communication with the applicant:
4.The information will be forwarded to the review committee for a recommendation regarding the admission and any conditions that might be placed on the admission of the applicant. The Director of Admissions makes the final determination as to whether or not to make an offer of admission.
The review committee will be composed of the Dean of Students and three members of the Behavioral Intervention Team (from the University Police Department, Housing and Residence Life, and Counseling Services). Prior involvement or knowledge of an applicant would require a committee to recuse him/herself. Committee members will review the provided documentation regarding an applicant’s misdemeanor or felony or disciplinary background and may contact a former institution and/or a law enforcement agency to gain additional information relevant to the applicant’s criminal and disciplinary history. In rare circumstances, the committee may request additional information from the student.
During the review process, the committee will:
Such material facts may include, but may not be limited to:
The committee’s recommendation to not admit based upon an applicant’s misdemeanor or felony or conduct history should be reasonable, rationally related to University’s interests, and consistent with the standards of professional judgment. This decision should not be arbitrary, unlawfully discriminatory, unreasonable, or capricious. No offer of admission should be made to an applicant who discloses a personal criminal or conduct history before this review has been performed.
The University does not ask for routine traffic offenses or juvenile offenses. Mere arrest information must not be considered by the committee. Some criminal convictions may be sealed or expunged through the legal process. MUW is not prohibited from considering this fact for admission while reviewing the totality of the circumstances surrounding each offense that the applicant discloses. The committee should not consider any offense for which an applicant has received an executive pardon. In addition, applicants may be reporting information from multiple jurisdictions and jurisdictions outside of Mississippi.
Given today’s mobile and global society, it may not be possible to obtain complete criminal background information.
Applicants who are denied admission based upon a previous criminal or conduct background can appeal the decision to the Vice President for Student Affairs, or his or her designee, for reconsideration. Applicants who are denied admission will be informed that they can appeal the decision in writing within 10 business days of the date of the admissions denial letter. If such a written request is filed within the given time period, available information on the question of admission status shall be provided to the Vice President for Student Affairs, or his or her designee for review. The applicant will be notified within 14 business days of receipt of the appeal of the decision. This decision is final.