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Students with History of Felony or Other Violent Crime

Columbus State is committed to being a statewide leader in college access as well as success, and we work to ensure that every community member has a safe environment in which to learn and grow. As a part of the application process, the College asks a series of questions about applicants' criminal histories. In particular, the College is concerned with any prior criminal activity involving a felony conviction or conviction involving violent misdemeanor offenses. Having a criminal history is not a bar to admission, but there is a process applicants must follow to report that history and, if necessary, sit down with CSCC staff to discuss the circumstances behind the offense(s) before enrollment can proceed. Applicants may be deferred or denied if their presence poses a substantial risk of harm to campus or they are under conditions of post-release supervision (i.e. probation or parole) that prevent enrollment.

Individuals who were previously admitted to CSCC and wish to re-enroll must disclose to the Office of Student Conduct any felony or violent misdemeanor convictions that occurred since his/her last term of enrollment. Current students with new felony or violent misdemeanor convictions must report that conviction to the Office of Student Conduct within the semester in which the conviction occurs.

Failure to disclose required information at the time of application, re-enrollment, or conviction may result in separation from the College, including invalidation of application, immediate suspension from the college, and/or dismissal.

Students with prior felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving acts of violence, harm to others, or weapons are required to provide the following information to the Office of Student Conduct:

1.  Complete a Personal Statement Form and obtain a recommendation letter (see link below)

2.  Complete a background check through www.VerifyStudents.com.  Have your credit/debit card (Visa/Mastercard, American Express, Discover) information ready in order to process payment.  Your credit/debit card will be charged $30.00 for the service.  Login to www.VerifyStudents.com and click on the red button that says "Students Start Here"  Enter the special promotional code CSCCOSC to begin.  Complete the profile and e-sign forms as they appear.

NOTE: A unique login will be emailed to you.  This will allow you to get back into www.VerifyStudents.com if you need to add or update information.

Policy: 7-14 Reporting of Felonies and Other Violent Crimes

Letter and Personal Statement Form for ERT applicants