Do colleges perform criminal background checks?

<p>if so, is there a chart or a list of colleges that have done background checks the past couple of years?</p>

<p>p.s.- i find it hard to believe that they do, especially major colleges that have thousands of applications coming in each year</p>

<p>They'll know if you did anything wrong.</p>

<p>what do you mean?</p>

<p>dont lie about a misdemeanor/felony. if you are admitted and they find out later, then you get kicked out</p>

<p>If you mislead them, they are fully able and willing to revoke your diploma even after graduation. Also, if you accept any financial aid, they will sue you for it. If you accept Federal financial aid, they will turn your case over to the US Attorney for prosecution.</p>

<p>How about that? Don't you think it's the institution's duty to know reasonably if students are coming in with criminal backgrounds? Don't you and your fellow students deserve to know that dangerous indivduals aren't in their midst? Unless you're currently dangerous, they'll most likely admit you regardless. But if you've hidden stuff -- then that's very bad.</p>

<p>I'm pretty sure you're supposed to inform them.</p>

<p>Part of the common app asks if you've ever been convicted of a crime</p>

<p>Most apps will contain a direct question. See this one from the Common App:</p>

<p>Disciplinary History
 Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational institution you have attended from 9th grade (or the international equivalent)
forward, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in your probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from
the institution?  Yes  No
 Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime?  Yes  No
[Note that you are not required to answer “yes” to this question, or provide an explanation, if the criminal adjudication or conviction has been expunged, sealed,
annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise ordered by a court to be kept confidential.]</p>

<p>If you answered “yes” to either or both questions, please attach a separate sheet of paper that gives the approximate date of each incident, explains the circumstances, and
reflects on what you learned from the experience.</p>

<p>By the way: you'll be asked this question in every job application for the rest of your life.</p>

<p>You can usually get your record expunged before you turn 18</p>

<p>They should not have to because the question is on the Common App. I imagine if you lie about it you will be in serious trouble, so the best thing to do, if you are in this situation, is to be honest. Based on the sheer number of applications, I doubt they can do a background check on everybody and thus rely on your answer to the Common App question. But that does not mean that they will not find and punish you if they find out that you lied.</p>

<p>don't lie for the Common App question, esp if your crime is related to your high school, such as violation of academic integrity, etc. because it will be on your high school transcript</p>