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Nassau Community College Policy for the Admission of Persons with Felony Convictions or Disciplinary Dismissals

Nassau Community College is committed to providing an opportunity for all qualified applicants to receive a quality education. In accordance with Article 23A, Section 750, 752, and 753 of the New York State Corrections Law, applicants who have been incarcerated due to any felony conviction, or have been dismissed from an institution of higher education for disciplinary reasons, may be accepted to study at Nassau Community College, providing the applicant is able to successfully satisfy the evaluation process. NCC reserves the right to deny an applicant’s request for admission to the College or to a selected program at the College if the applicant’s prior felony conviction or incarceration or applicant’s disciplinary record would prevent the applicant from successfully completing or obtaining a required license and/or certification associated with the program. It is the policy of Nassau Community College to require supplemental information from applicants who have been convicted of a felony or who have been dismissed from another college due to disciplinary misconduct. This information will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee.

The Admissions Review Committee may deny admission to applicants based on an individual's prior conduct or conviction where the admission "would involve an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public" (Corrections Law, section 752). The Committee may also recommend the applicant be admitted with or without special conditions related to major selection, course scheduling, or involvement in campus activities.

The definition of a felony provided by SUNY is as follows: 

A felony in New York State is defined as a crime for which more than one year in prison may be imposed. The felony question applies if you have been convicted as an adult. If you have been adjudicated as having juvenile delinquent or youthful offender status, you are not required to respond to the felony question.

An affirmative response to either question will not automatically prevent admission, but you will be asked by your college choices to provide additional information. This information will be reviewed by a campus committee to ensure campus safety. Any falsification or omission of data may result in denial of admission or disciplinary action.

Applicants’ with previous felony convictions(s) or dismissal(s) from an institute of higher education must successfully provide additional information that will be reviewed by a committee and the Vice President of Academic Student Services, or his/her designee. In addition to the required admissions materials, applicants with one or more felony convictions must also provide a letter from his/her Probation or Parole Officer (or character reference if Probation/Parole is not applicable) and applicant’s records/transcripts from any previously attended Colleges or Universities.

Failure to disclose felony status or disciplinary dismissals, or intentional misrepresentation within any area of the application process, may result in the immediate dismissal of any student found to be culpable.

 

Procedures for the Admission of Persons with Felony Convictions or Disciplinary Dismissals

  1. Complete the appropriate admissions application. Include copies of all required academic information needed for the type of admission being sought.
  2. Complete a Request for the Admissions Review Committee form (available in the Office of Admissions) and submit completed form to the Office of Admission at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester. All areas of the form must be completed. These include:
    • a. Summary of conviction or disciplinary charge
      b. Date(s) and location(s) of offense(s)
      c. Summary of sentence or judiciary judgment or disciplinary actions, including any special provisions
      d. In addition, for those with felony convictions:
      • i.  Date of parole
        ii.  Age at the time of most recent offense(s)
        iii. Information regarding rehabilitation and good conduct
        iv. Letter from Probation/Parole Officer (or character reference if Probation/Parole is not applicable)
  3. The Admissions Review Committee will convene to review all materials pertaining to the applicant’s admission. The Committee will have access to and will consider all available information specified above, including the applicant’s past academic record(s). All pertinent information will be reviewed.
    • a. The Admissions Review Committee will consist of the following individuals:
      • i.   The Dean of Admissions or his/her designee, who will chair and convene the committee,
        ii.  The Director of Public Safety or his/her designee, and
        iii. The Dean of Students or his/her designee
  4. The Admissions Review Committee submits its recommendation for review by the Vice President of Academic Student Services, or his/her designee. If the VP or designee concurs with recommendation, the student is notified of the decision. If the VP or designee requires additional documentation or review, he/she may return the application to the Admissions Review Committee for follow up.
  5. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony offense or dismissed due to a disciplinary action, who meet the NCC admission qualifications, may be accepted with certain conditions that will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  6. If the review process finds that applicant’s admission to NCC would involve unreasonable risk to property, or the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public, as outlined in Article 23A, Section 753 of the New York State Corrections Law, the applicant will be informed that admission has been denied.