The following procedures apply when East Stroudsburg University (ESU) receives an admission or readmission application in which an individual has met the academic admissions requirements and has indicated they have been convicted of a felony and/or have received a disciplinary suspension, expulsion or dismissal from an institution of higher education. The applicant will be required to provide additional information as listed below.
Felony Criminal Conduct
All applicants who check yes on their admissions application to a felony conviction will be required to submit the following to the relevant admissions office:
A letter explaining the incident and why the applicant would like to attend ESU and how the conviction will not affect the applicant’s success at ESU nor the health and safety of ESU community.
In addition, applicants must authorize ESU to conduct a local, state, and federal background check on the completed Felony Conviction Supplement form, which will be forwarded to the Committee for review of the applicant.
Disciplinary Suspension, Expulsion or Dismissal
All applicants who check ‘yes’ on their admissions application to a disciplinary suspension, expulsion and or dismissal from another institution of higher education may be required to submit the following to the relevant admissions office. (Please note only applicants who self-identify as attending a previous institute of higher education will be asked the disciplinary questions):
A copy of the disciplinary letter/documents outlining the offense, final disposition of the hearing body, and sanction(s), and a Dean of Students Certification Form. (The applicant may be required to submit a release to their former/current institution of higher education allowing this information to be released to ESU).
A letter explaining the incident and why the applicant would like to attend ESU, explaining the conduct, and how it will not affect the applicant’s success at ESU nor the health and safety of ESU community (if applicable to the offense).
If the relevant requested documentation is not received from the applicant, the application will remain incomplete. Should the requested documentation not be received within 2 weeks of the document request date, the admissions office has the option to cancel the application as incomplete.
Criminal & Disciplinary Admissions Committee
The Vice President for Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence (or his/her designee) shall chair the Committee. Directors or colleagues of similar rank, of the following offices shall serve on, or appoint standing members as representatives to, this committee:
Academic Affairs (appointed by the Provost)
Enrollment Management (appointed the Vice President for Enrollment Management)
Residence Life and Housing (appointed by the Vice President for Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence)
Student Conduct and Community Standards (appointed by the Vice President for Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence)
University Police (appointed by the Vice President for Administration and Finance) – Non-Voting Member
Other non-voting departmental representatives as needed
The Committee will review the documentation and determine if the applicant’s felony conviction and/or disciplinary academic suspension/expulsion/dismissal deems the applicant ineligible for admission to ESU or admissible with conditions. The Committee may also recommend the applicant be admitted with special conditions related to major selection, course scheduling, involvement in campus activities, ability to work on campus, and/or the ability to live in campus-owned or affiliated housing.
The relevant admissions director is responsible for the evaluation of the applicant's academic and other qualifications.
Applicants and appropriate departments will be notified in writing of the Committee’s decision.
The Committee’s decision is final.
Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence