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Criminal History Admissions

Admissions Procedures for Students with Criminal History


Arkansas State University strives to provide a safe campus and learning environment. As a part of that effort, the university will inquire into an applicant's prior or pending criminal history including whether the applicant is required to register as a sex offender. When an applicant has been arrested for, charged with, or found responsible for a felony or is required to register as a sex offender, the university reserves the right to place that student's application on hold, pending further review by the Criminal History Committee. This committee is charged with reviewing applications for undergraduate admission, graduate school admission, readmission, and campus residential housing.

Until the review committee approves the applicant, the university shall not act on the application. The Criminal History Committee only determines whether the student's past behavior should render him/her ineligible for admission consideration. The Undergraduate Admissions Office and Graduate School are responsible for evaluation of the applicant's academic and other qualifications. Likewise, the Registrar's Office is responsible for applicant's eligibility for readmission.

Criminal History Committee Structure

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (or his/her designee) shall chair the committee and serve as a non-voting member. Other representatives, including legal counsel, may be added at the chair's discretion in order to make an appropriate decision. Directors of the following offices shall appoint standing members as representatives to this committee who shall serve two year staggered terms:

  • Office of the Registrar (non-voting member)
  • Office of Admissions (non-voting member)
  • University Housing
  • Counseling and Career Planning Center (for consultation purposes only)
  • University Police
  • Student Conduct
  • Faculty Member

No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms without rotating off the committee for a minimum of one year as staffing allows.


If the felony and/or sex offender question on the application form is checked yes, the applicant will be sent a letter detailing the additional information needed for the application process.

All Applicants that check yes will be required to submit the following:

  • Criminal History Form 
  • Police Report of Incident(s)
  • Court Paperwork from Court decision(s)
  • Letter explaining the incident and why the applicant would like to attend Arkansas State University
  • Reference letters (optional)
  • Criminal History Check from Arkansas and the state(s) in which the felonies occurred. (Fees may be required to complete this check).

The Arkansas State Check can be completed by contacting:

Arkansas State Police Identification Bureau
#1 State Police Plaza Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 618-8500

Make sure all of the requested information is mailed in as one packet. Once all of the information is received by the Office of Student Conduct, the Criminal History Committee will meet to review the information provided. Only complete applications will be reviewed. 

The Criminal History Committee will determine if the applicant is eligible for application to ASU. The committee may also recommend the applicant be admitted with or without special conditions related to major selection, course scheduling, involvement in campus activities and/or campus housing.

The decision of the review committee is final. Applicants and appropriate departments will be notified in writing of the decision.

Applicants may not reapply for admission in the same academic year that they were denied by the Criminal History Committee unless there has been a change in their information.