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Felony and Previous College Dismissal Policy

Approved by the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College on September 23, 2004. Revision approved by the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College on February 23, 2012

As required by the State University of New York (SUNY), all prospective students at Rockland Community College will be required to report whether they have been convicted of a felony or previously dismissed from an institution of higher education for disciplinary reasons. An affirmative answer to either of these questions will require that the prospective student's admission to a program or course be temporarily suspended and that the prospective student be referred to the Admissions Office. Upon referral, the prospective student will be asked to submit documentation and appropriate release of information waivers, as detailed in the SUNY Policy, to the Chair of the College's Felony/Disciplinary Dismissal Committee. Information provided will be reviewed by the Felony/Disciplinary Dismissal Committee, comprised of the Vice President fo Student Services or Designee, Dean of Student Development, the Director of Public Safety, a member of the Criminal Justice faculty, the Provost and Executive Vice President or designee, and any other person deemed necessary by the President. The Committee may also request a personal interview with the prospective student. The Committee will determine whether the applicant poses a risk to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the public and notify prospective students of the decision to deny, approve, or approve with conditions, their admission to a program or course. The Chair of the Committee will also serve as the liaison with the Division of Parole of the Department of Correctional Services and the local parole office.

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