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 Pre-Admissions 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 Student Resolution Center will carefully review the explanation you provided on your application. This is called a Pre-Admission Review. They 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 Pre-Admission Review take?

Please allow 4-6 weeks.

How can I speed up my Pre-Admission 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.

Please wait at least four weeks after your application is considered complete with admissions (all green checks besides Pre-Admissions Review) to call our office.

May I send a character reference to support my application?

Please wait to hear from the Student Resolution Center before providing any additional information.

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 Hearing Committee?

Typically the committee includes one or more representatives of the University Counseling Center, CSU Police Department, Associated Students of CSU, and Student Resolution Center. For Graduate Admissions, a representative of the Graduate School will also be present.

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.