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Open the Doors and Let Them In Admitting Students with Criminal Convictions. W. Mack Palmour Dr. Alicia Caudill Gainesville State College SACRAO 2009. Goals for the Session. Overview GSC’s process for admitting students with previous misdemeanor and/or felony charges

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open the doors and let them in admitting students with criminal convictions

Open the Doors and Let Them In Admitting Students with Criminal Convictions

W. Mack Palmour

Dr. Alicia Caudill

Gainesville State College

SACRAO 2009

goals for the session
Goals for the Session
  • Overview GSC’s process for admitting students with previous misdemeanor and/or felony charges
  • Share our philosophy underlying the process
  • Provide data about these students
  • Practical Exercise
overview of gsc
Overview of GSC
  • Public two-year institution offering a limited number of 4-year degrees
  • 8000+ students
  • Two campuses (Commuter)
  • One campus 50 miles north of Atlanta
  • One campus located near Athens, GA (UGA)
why a process
Why a process?
  • Mandate from Board of Regents
  • Created policy and process in spring 2007
  • Approved on campus by Exec. Council
  • Begin implementation summer 2007
  • Have made small adjustments to questionnaire
  • Relies on students to self-report
we couldn t make this up
We couldn’t make this up!
  • Two friends and I were involved in a high school prank that was blown out of proportion by the police. We put a small amount of cleaning solution into an empty 16 ounce water bottle and then added a couple of small balls of tin foil. There is a chemical reaction involved that causes pressure to build in the bottle and make the bottle pop. The fact that we threw the bottle out into someone’s yard makes it “intent to intimidate”. My attorney says we were grossly overcharged and most likely the charges will not be pursued.
guiding philosophy
Guiding Philosophy
  • Are students admissible (can they do college-level work)?
  • Does the student pose a threat to him/herself or others on campus?
we couldn t make this up1
We couldn’t make this up!
  • Charge: Urinating in public and knocking over a sign. I was arrested behind my dorm room for urinating in public. The second arrest came a few months later; there is a parking spot in front of the dorm building that people like to park, the school decided to make that a spot for maintenance vehicles. Some of the students didn’t like it, so they started pulling the sign out of the ground. After many of these instances, the campus police put a camera up. I decided to uproot the sign one night and next morning I was arrested. Between the two arrests I’ve learned a lot.
our process
Our Process
  • Policy Overview
  • Students self-report information on Admissions application
  • Admissions counselors, using policy as a guide, send questionnaire to those who meet criteria
  • Completed forms are reviewed by Director of Admissions and Dean of Students
our process1
Our Process
  • Review of Questionnaire:
    • Make decision to process application
    • Deny Admission
    • Send “Final Adjudication” Letter asking student to re-apply once case outcome is finalized in court (for more serious “pending” cases)
    • Meet with student in-person or through phone conference to gather more details and ask questions then make decision
our process2
Our Process
  • Completed questionnaires of applicants are stored separately from academic record.
we couldn t make this up2
We couldn’t make this up
  • Possession of marijuana. Student wrote an essay “It Can Be Done”. In the essay he stated, “I feel like I have a renewed life since starting my job at Lowe’s and it feels great. My brain has been deprived of knowledge for too long. The history and discovery channels only have a selected amount of knowledge, I need MORE!
we couldn t make this up3
We couldn’t make this up
  • First arrest - I had a fraternity function and was walking back toward what I thought was the direction of my dorm. I was picked up by the police when they realized I was drunk and was arrested for underage drinking.
  • Second arrest – I was downtown at a fraternity function and was walking back to the fraternity house, I tripped over the curb, I was found lying down by the campus police. The police asked if I had been drinking and I admitted that I had, I was arrested for underage consumption.
additional follow up
Additional Follow-Up
  • Make contact with resource on campus
  • Counseling Center (resource connection)
  • Dean of Students
      • Bi-weekly meetings
      • Check academic progress
      • Assist with navigation of college resources and processes
data from summer 2007 spring 2009
Data from Summer 2007 – Spring 2009

Total Applications

  • Summer ’07 26 2063 1.2%
  • Fall ’07 89 5789 1.5%
  • Spring ’08 100 2372 4.2%
  • Summer ’08 84 2256 3.7%
  • Fall ’08 179 6559 2.7%
  • Spring ’09 120 2557 4.7%
  • Total 598 21,596 2.8%
data from fall 2008
Data from Fall 2008
  • 6559 = Total Number of Applicants
  • 179 = Sent Questionnaires 2.7%
  • 48 = Did not return Questionnaire
  • 3 = Tried to start application process over omitting criminal information
  • 27 = In-Person Meetings
data from fall 20081
Data from Fall 2008
  • 8 = Sent “Pending Letters” to await final adjudication before processing application
  • 11= Required Additional Follow-up support
data from fall 2008 common offenses
Data from Fall 2008 Common Offenses
  • Minor in Possession - 55
  • DUI - 32
  • Possession of Marijuana - 30
  • Shoplifting - 24
data from fall 20082
Data from Fall 2008
  • Academic Performance
  • Average GPA 2.57
  • Average CC GPA 2.45
we couldn t make this up4
We couldn’t make this up
  • Charged with battery: Student’s girlfriend attacked him with a 3 pound totem pole and he had to go to the hospital. She split his eyebrow and busted his lip open. Student had to have stitches. Student included photos of the totem pole and his face.
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Gainesville State College, Gainesville, GAW. Mack PalmourDirector of Admissionsmpalmour@gsc.eduDr. Alicia CaudillDean of Studentsacaudill@gsc.edu