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…

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…

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…

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…

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…