University of Minnesota to Ban the Box on Student Admission Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starting in the Fall of 2017, the University of Minnesota will adopt a Ban the Box rule on student admission applications and applicants to the school will no longer have to answer questions about past felony convictions or pending criminal charges, according to a report from the …

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More Colleges and Universities Considering Student Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR news Staff Writer In an effort to help ensure campus safety, higher educational institutions across the country are starting to consider conducting criminal background checks on both applicants and admitted students, according to a recent article on USAToday.com. As an example, USAToday.com reports that following the murder of a student at …

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Former Harvard Student Allegedly Faked Academic Credentials for Scholarships and Financial Aid

Any employers, including prestigious universities, doubting the need for education verifications as a part of effective background screening programs may reconsider after hearing the story of a former Harvard student who allegedly faked academic credentials and references — even transcripts with perfect SAT grades — to win prizes, scholarships, and receive grants and financial aid. According to …

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Maryland Colleges May Be Required to Conduct Background Checks on Students

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer After the University of Virginia’s president recently announced that the school would perform background checks on students in the wake of the tragic murder of a female student – allegedly at the hands of a fellow student – lawmakers in neighboring Maryland may soon require that universities in that …

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University To Perform Background Checks On Students Following Tragic Death of Student

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer According to reports from HuffingtonPost.com and the Washington Post, the University of Virginia will perform background checks on all students at the school following the alleged murder of a 22-year-old female student and lacrosse player, possibly at the hands of her former boyfriend, a 22-year-old fellow student who was …

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