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Admission of Ex-Offenders

New York State Corrections Law does not allow discrimination against individuals with prior criminal convictions. Clinton Community College is committed to maintaining a safe learning and working environment for students and employees. To that end, the College maintains the following policy regarding applicants with previous criminal convictions or disciplinary dismissals from an institution of higher education.

Each application that identifies a prior criminal conviction or disciplinary dismissal will be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Admissions Review Committee to determine the risk posed to the College community should the applicant be admitted. The College reserves the right to seek additional information from the applicant regarding the nature of the crime or the disciplinary dismissal. Appropriate releases may have to be executed by the applicant for receipt of criminal history information or educational disciplinary records. The college may also require an interview with the applicant to clarify or verify information. Failure of the applicant to comply in a timely manner with requests for cooperation with the College to obtain such additional information may result in a denial of the application.

Based upon this review, a determination will be made to deny the applicant, admit the applicant or admit the applicant with certain restrictions. This determination will be made based on:

  1. The nature and severity of the offense(s);
  2. The risk posed to the College community as a whole or to any individual who is part of the College community;
  3. The length of time which has passed since the conviction/disciplinary dismissal;
  4. Compliance with Court sanctions; and
  5. Recommendations made by current or former parole or probation officers or employers.

Only admissions employees, College counsel and other College personnel deemed necessary to assist with the decision making process by the Vice President of Student Affairs will be allowed access to the information obtained from the review process.

Two forms must be completed/obtained in order to complete an applicant’s file for review by the Vice President of Student Affairs and Admissions Review Committee.

  1. Ex-Offender Supplemental Form for Felony Conviction (PDF) or Supplemental Form for Ex Offenders (Microsoft Word)- which contains instructions to obtain:
  2. Applicant's Criminal Record: The process for requesting your Criminal Record is outlined at You will need to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting (over 100 locations in NY State). You will be required to pay a fee for this service. Please reference ORI #NYDCJSPRY when making this request.