January 26, 2016

Pre-Admission Review

Some applicants to CSU have a criminal or disciplinary history. We require those applicants to tell us about those events before we consider admitting them to CSU. We request that information by asking these two questions on the Application for Admission:

  • Do you have any criminal charges pending against you or have you ever been convicted of a crime, made a plea of guilty, accepted a deferred judgment, been adjudicated or been required to register as a sex offender? (Moving violations, such as speeding tickets, are exempt, but DUI/DWAI must be included.)
  • Have you ever been found responsible for any disciplinary violation at an educational institution you have attended from the 9th grade forward (or the international equivalent), whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in your probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution?

If an applicant checks yes to either or both questions, the application is sent to a Judicial Conduct Review. The purpose is to assess any potential risks for members of the campus community.

The application provides space for the applicant to explain those circumstances. In most cases, that written explanation is enough for us to make an informed decision and clear the application.

In some cases, however, we require more information. We may either ask for specific information, like a police report, or we will hold a pre-admission hearing for the applicant.

We will not, however, decline an application simply based on criminal or disciplinary history without  giving the applicant an opportunity to discuss it with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

When I applied to CSU, I checked yes to a question about criminal conviction or academic disciplinary action. What happens next?

The Assistant Dean of Students will carefully review the explanation you provided on your application. This is called a Judicial Conduct Review. S/he will then do one of three things:

  • Clear your application through the rest of the admissions process
  • Ask you to provide more information about the situation (a police report, for example)
  • Schedule a Pre-Admission Hearing, to be conducted in person at CSU. If you are unable to attend in person, the hearing may be conducted as a conference call.

How long will the Judicial Conduct Review take?

Allow 4-6 weeks. This is a large university with a lot of applicants, some of whom also have a history we must consider.

How can I speed up my Judicial Conduct Review? I need to register for classes.

If you included a written explanation of your criminal or disciplinary history in your application, then you did all you can to expedite the process. If you did not, you can speed up your review by sending an explanation of your criminal or disciplinary history to crscs@colostate.edu. Include your full name and CSU ID number.

Please wait at least four weeks after applying to call our office, if your RAMweb account still shows no completed date beside Judicial Conduct Review.

May I send a character reference to support my application?

Yes. Send it to 325 Aylesworth Hall NW, Fort Collins, CO 80523-8015 or crscs@colostate.edu.

What happens at a Pre-Admission Hearing?

You will explain and discuss your criminal and/or disciplinary history. The Pre-Admission Committee will then do one of these three things:

  • Clear your application through the rest of the admissions process
  • Clear your application with certain conditions, such as attending alcohol education programs or counseling sessions
  • Decline your application and notify Admissions

Who is on the Pre-Admission Review committee?

Typically the committee includes one or more representatives of the University Counseling Center, the Admissions Office, CSU Police Department, Associated Students of CSU, and Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.

Can I appeal the decision of the Pre-Admission Hearing?

Yes.  Appeals will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost.  The decision of this office will be final.