Bill Text: VA HB1322 | 2020 | Regular Session | Comm Sub

Bill Title: Higher educational institutions, public; admissions applications, criminal history of applicant.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2020-02-27 - Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 6-N 1-A) [HB1322 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2020-HB1322-Comm_Sub.html
(Proposed by the House Committee on Education
on February 5, 2020)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Aird)
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 23.1-407.1, relating to public institutions of higher education; admissions applications; criminal history.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 23.1-407.1 as follows:

§23.1-407.1. Admissions applications; criminal history.

A. No public institution of higher education shall (i) utilize an institution-specific admissions application that contains questions about the criminal history of the applicant or (ii) deny admission to any applicant solely on the basis of any criminal history information provided by the applicant on any third-party admissions application accepted by the institution.

B. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection A, any public institution of higher education that requires each student to enroll in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) as a condition of enrollment may inquire into the criminal history of any applicant prior to the applicant's receiving a conditional offer of acceptance to determine his eligibility to accept a commission in the Armed Forces of the United States.

C. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a public institution of higher education from inquiring into the criminal history of any individual who has been admitted to but has yet to enroll at the institution. Any public institution of higher education may withdraw an offer of admission to any individual whom the institution subsequently determines to have a criminal history that poses a threat to the institution's community.

2. That the provisions of this act shall become effective on January 1, 2021.