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A new college admissions test: your criminal background

Background Check Higher education is supposed to give people a leg up to move ahead in work and society.

But in light of some recent high-profile campus massacres, a growing number of colleges and universities have begun checking applicants' criminal histories along with their high school transcripts, Inside Higher Ed reports

Not everyone is sold on the idea, which comes with its share of problems even as it seeks to resolve a huge concern.

Darby Dickerson, vice president and dean at the Stetson University College of Law, described criminal background checks to the publication as a "legal and policy jigsaw puzzle" of intertwined concerns about campus safety, legal risk and individual rights.

Others, meanwhile, suggested that it's the wrong approach to essentially post a Keep Out sign to people with a criminal past, people who need a fresh start as much if not more than others. Your thoughts?

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:09am]

    

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