View Bill 16-17-29

Senate Bill 16-17-29

Bill ID: 16-17-29
Name: Undergraduate Admissions Procedures Related to Criminal Background
Proposed: 02/27/2017
Sponsor: University Senate Office
Proposal: In the course of reviewing a student proposal the Senate leadership identified a broader concern regarding possible unintended consequences when asking potential undergraduate applicants to report criminal history in the admissions process.


Status: Under Review
Under Review By: Academic Procedures & Standards (APAS) Committee
Received: 03/10/2017
Decision Date: 02/09/2018
Actions: The APAS Committee began its review at its meeting on March 15, 2017. The committee discussed current application procedures, including the use and purpose of criminal background questions, with a representative from the Office of Enrollment Management. On May 8, 2017, the committee met with representatives from the Office of Student Conduct to learn more about the process for reviewing responses to such questions. The committee discussed different types of admissions applications used in higher education, and reviewed related legislation that was considered by the Maryland General Assembly in spring 2017.

In September 2017, the APAS Committee began reviewing the charge again, and considered the difference between the current questions and questions recommended by the Coalition Application. The committee met with a representative from the Office of General Counsel to discuss the University's obligations and liabilities related to questions on criminal background. The committee will continue to discuss issues related to the charge in spring, 2018.
Next Step: SEC Review
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 02/13/2017
Decision Date: 03/20/2017
Decision: The SEC voted to charge the APAS Committee with review of the issue.
Actions: The SEC discussed the issue of requesting criminal background information on admissions applications and whether this had unintended consequences of deterring potential applicants even though criminal background information does not automatically deny admission. The SEC voted to charge the APAS Committee with review of this issue.
Next Step: APAS Committee Review