Terra State Community College has a strong tradition of being committed to college access as well as student success. Terra State works diligently to ensure every member of our campus community has a safe environment where they can learn and reach their fullest potential. As a part of the admissions process, students are asked a question about their criminal history. Students are required to self-report whether they have any prior felony convictions or convictions involving violence, harm to others, or weapons in any state or country upon application to the College. Having a criminal background does not automatically disqualify you from attending Terra State. However, there is a process students must follow.
Admissions Procedures for Ex-Offenders
After submitting the application for admission, you will need to complete the following items.
- Personal Statement Form: you will list prior felony convictions or convictions involving violence, harm to others, or weapons in any state or country, a statement regarding the positive changes you have made since your conviction, and a declaration of your academic and career goals. Additionally, if you are currently on probation or parole, you are required to list your probation or parole officer. This form can be downloaded here.
- Interview: once your personal statement is received, you will be required to meet with a panel from the Behavioral Intervention Team. A member of the team will call you to schedule your interview time.
- Criminal BCI/FBI Background Check: you are required to give permission for a state and federal criminal background check, which will be performed by Campus Safety for a fee of $65. The background check will be completed during the above mentioned interview. Plan to bring the fee payment to the interview. Please note it will take approximately 30 days for the background results to be reported to the College.
- Meeting with the Vice President for Financial Affairs: some students may be required to meet with the Vice President for Financial Affairs and/or other designees before an admissions decision is made. If so, the administrative assistant will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Please note that applicants can be deferred or denied if their presence poses a substantial risk of harm to the campus or if they are under conditions of post-release supervision (i.e. probation or parole) that prevent enrollment.
Current students with new felony convictions or convictions involving violence, harm to others, or weapons in any state or country must report that conviction to the Associate Dean of Students Office.
Failure to disclose required and accurate information may result in separation from the College, including invalidation of application, immediate suspension from the College, and/or dismissal.
To view the College's official Ex-Offender Admission Policy and Procedures, please click here.
For more information about this process, please contact us!
Associate Dean of Students