Some applicants to CSU have a criminal or disciplinary history. We require those applicants to tell us about those events before we consider admitting them to CSU. We request that information by asking these two questions on the Application for Admission:
Do you have any criminal charges pending against you or have you ever been convicted of a crime, made a plea of guilty, accepted a deferred judgment, been adjudicated or been required to register as a sex offender? (Moving violations, such as speeding tickets, are exempt, but DUI/DWAI must be included.)
Have you ever been found responsible for any disciplinary violation at an educational institution you have attended from the 9th grade forward (or the international equivalent), whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in your probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution?
If an applicant checks yes to either or both questions, the application is sent to the Assistant Dean of Students for a Judicial Conduct Review. The purpose is to assess any potential risks for members of the campus community.
The application provides space for the applicant to explain those circumstances. In most cases, that written explanation is enough for us to make an informed decision and clear the application.
In some cases, however, we require more information. We may either ask for specific information, like a police report, or we will hold a pre-admission hearing for the applicant.
We will not, however, decline an application simply based on criminal or disciplinary history without giving the applicant an opportunity to discuss it with us.