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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The University of Iowa will join the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University and include a questionnaire for criminal background checks on all student applications as soon as the 2016 school year, according to a KIMT News 3 report.

KIMT News 3 reports that the University of Iowa will ask incoming students if they have ever been subject to disciplinary action for any type of misconduct and if they either have pending criminal charges or have been convicted of a crime.

Misdemeanor traffic offenses and charges which have been expunged will be exempt while transfer students will be asked if they have been involved in any disciplinary action at their previous school, KIMT News 3 reports.

A local school official told KIMT that criminal background checks at the University of Iowa could be beneficial to students wanting to enter fields such as nursing since those fields require students to undergo criminal background checks anyway.

The complete story about the University of Iowa adding criminal background checks for incoming students is available on the website at

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