It is important to include required college policies in your syllabi.
Effective Spring 2018, no SUNY campus may include questions regarding criminal history on admissions applications. However, admitted students who are seeking campus housing or participation in clinical/field experiences, internships, or study-abroad programs will be asked if they have been convicted of a felony. For purposes of this policy, community-engaged learning and service-learning are considered field experience. As a result, anyone teaching a course that includes a community-engaged learning experience should add the following statement to their course syllabus:
Students in this course who have been convicted of a felony must review the college policy and contact the dean of students before participating in the community engagement experience.
Once students provide all the required documentation, a standing review committee, chaired by the dean of students, will determine whether participation in the community activity will be granted (with or without conditions) or denied. The committee will notify the student, faculty, and other offices, as necessary.
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