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Students with History of Felony Conviction(s)

Columbus State is committed to being a statewide leader in college access as well as success, and we work to ensure that every community member has a safe environment in which to learn and grow. As a part of the application process, the College asks a series of questions about applicants' criminal histories. In particular, the College is concerned with any prior criminal activity involving a felony conviction. Having a criminal history is not a bar to admission, but there is a process applicants must follow to report that history and, if necessary, sit down with Columbus State staff to discuss the circumstances behind the offense(s) before enrollment can proceed. Applicants may be deferred or denied if their presence poses a substantial risk of harm to campus or they are under conditions of post-release supervision (i.e. probation or parole) that prevent enrollment.

Individuals who were previously admitted to Columbus State Community College and wish to re-enroll must disclose to the Office of Student Conduct any felony convictions that occurred since his/her last term of enrollment. Current students with new felony convictions must report that conviction to the Office of Student Conduct within the semester in which the conviction occurs.

Failure to disclose required information at the time of application, re-enrollment, or conviction may result in separation from the College, including invalidation of application, immediate suspension from the college, and/or dismissal.

Students with prior felony convictions involving acts of violence, harm to others, or weapons are required to provide the following information to the Office of Student Conduct:

1.  Complete a Personal Statement Form: To access the Form, click button.


2.  Complete a national background. The College does not currently have a suggested background check provider; however, you are free to utilize any national provider such as the courthouse or any of the online reports that can be run for a fee. Once you get the report, please have it delivered to the Enrollment Review Team at 550 E. Spring Street, 203A Eibling Hall, Columbus, OH 43215.

Policy: 7-14 Reporting of Felonies and Other Violent Crimes