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Felony and Previous College Dismissal Policy

Approved by the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College on September 23, 2004.

Felony and Previous College Dismissal Policy


SUNY policy on admissions of ex-offenders previously applied only to the admission of inmates on parole. Problems arose when local parole offices failed to provide timely notification that a parolee was seeking admission. Changes to the university-wide application were made effective with the 1998 application processing cycle after extensive consultation with State University campus officials. It is thought that the addition of the felony and disciplinary questions on the application will contribute to the safety of those individuals working, residing, visiting and studying on the campus.

New York State Corrections Law (Sections 750, 752 and 753) forbids discrimination against individuals previously convicted of criminal offenses. We cannot deny admission to an applicant based on prior criminal convictions. However, we can ask to review the applicant’s criminal record, particularly where such admission would involve an unreasonable risk to property or would pose a risk to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or to the public.

An affirmative answer to question 9 on the Rockland Community College Enrollment application will generate the following:

  • The Director of Admissions will send a letter (attached) to the applicant (or hand it to the applicant at the time of submission of the application) requesting additional information.
  • For applicants convicted of a felony, references must be provided from the Department of Correctional Services, Division of Parole, including the name and address of parole officers. For those currently on parole, the conditions of parole should be provided.
  • For applicants who have been dismissed from a college for disciplinary reasons, the applicant will be required to provide a letter from the college or university from which they were dismissed for disciplinary reasons. The letter should outline the circumstances and resolution.
  • Upon reviewing all available information, a decision will be made by a Committee comprised of the Director of Admissions, the Director of Security, a faculty member from the Criminal Justice Department and any other person deemed necessary by the President as to whether to deny admission, admit the applicant without conditions, or admit the applicant with certain conditions. The committee has the right to notify the administration, faculty and staff of the College on a need to know basis.
  • The Enrollment Application will be initialed by the Director of Admissions next to question 9 indicating that the student is accepted. Because of confidentiality, there will be no other documents attached to the application. All documentation will be kept with the Director of Admissions.
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