It is that time of year when students in Oklahoma start looking toward their future and applying for college or graduate school.
During the application process, many students are surprised to find out that the College applications generally have a questionnaire that asks the student about their criminal background.This trend – colleges routinely ask applicants to admit if they’ve been arrested or charged – has gained national attention. Newspapers and websites, such as the The Atlantic and USA Today, have covered this topic, and even President Obama made reference to this alarming trend and it’s possible affect on educational opportunity.
Unfortunately, no matter how much attention this topic receives, the fact is that College screening for criminal background checks is here to stay. It is not going away anytime soon, at least not in Oklahoma. Will this affect you? What will happen if the college you apply to finds out about your arrest record? Is there anything you can do about it?
This blog series will look at the following issues facing many student applicants:
- Do colleges in Oklahoma screen student applicants based on their criminal background?
- Why you should be concerned and what you can do to take control of your own record
- How you can hire a lawyer to clear your record and improve your chance of getting into your college of choice
If this information is relevant to you, stay tuned, because we will soon be exploring these topics along with advice on what you can do to protect your own privacy from universities.
If you would like to speak to an Oklahoma Expungement Lawyer about protecting your own privacy, call (405) 701-6016 or send us an email with your questions.