Stanford University to Conduct Background Checks on Student Athletes after College Admissions Scam

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Stanford University will conduct background checks on student athletes recommended by coaches to confirm their athletic credentials in the wake of a nationwide college admissions scam that involved the school, according to an announcement in a blog post entitled “An update on the admissions fraud scheme” made …

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DOJ Announces Arrests in Nationwide College Admissions Scam Involving Alleged Exam Cheating

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts – which represents the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on all federal legal matters in the state – has announced that “dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of …

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Many Universities Still Ask Student Applicants about Criminal History despite Growth of Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Despite the rapid growth of “Ban the Box” laws in America that remove questions about criminal history from job applications to help ex-offenders find work, many U.S. universities continue to ask student applicants about their criminal history as “a necessary security precaution,” according to a report from …

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Louisiana to Ban the Box on Admissions Applications for Public Colleges and Universities

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation – ACT 276 – House Bill 688 (HB 688) – that will prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from inquiring about the criminal history of prospective students prior to their acceptance for admission except for history …

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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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SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students …

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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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