East Stroudsburg University strives to provide a safe campus and learning environment. When the University receives an application for admission or readmission from an individual who meets the academic admissions requirements and has been convicted of a felony and/or received a disciplinary suspension, expulsion or other form of dismissal from an institution of higher education (referred to in this policy as a Disciplinary Action), the application will be forwarded to the Criminal & Disciplinary Admissions Committee (the ‘Committee’).
A conviction or disciplinary action does not, in and of itself, disqualify an applicant from admission to East Stroudsburg University unless the applicant has expressed interest in a field of study for which his or her history of convictions or disciplinary action would preclude participation.
The Committee’s task is to evaluate the nature and extent of the applicant’s threat to campus safety and the University’s learning environment based on considerations of the nature of the offense, its severity and the time of conviction or Disciplinary Action.
The Committee will review the completed documentation and determine if the applicant is eligible for admission to ESU or admissible with conditions. As part of this process, the University reserves the right to request additional documentation from the applicant and may request that the applicant appear for an interview with the Committee.
The Committee may 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 Committee’s decision is final.
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.
If an applicant answers no to the felony question or the disciplinary history application question(s) and it is later found the applicant did not truthfully reveal their felony conviction or disciplinary history, the University has the right to rescind the offer of admission or take disciplinary action that may include dismissal from the University.
Reason for Policy:
This policy has been established to afford applicants procedural due process prior to making an admissions decision on whether to deny or admit the applicant should they answer “yes” to the felony and/or disciplinary/suspension required question(s) on the admissions application.
Criminal Conduct refers to a felony conviction.
Disciplinary Action refers to a disciplinary suspension, expulsion or other form of dismissal from an institution of higher education.