Some schools and colleges are starting to at least consider background checks as part of their admissions process, something you just don’t hear being discussed very much but could hear more of in the coming weeks and months.
The Equinox (the student newspaper at Keene State College in New Hampshire) has released a report on their own school’s screening policy and reasoning, and it makes for some interesting considerations. It’s really easy to dismiss the idea of background checks at these schools simply because the majority of students entering school are in their late teens and just don’t have much of any kind of record yet.
However, with the shootings that have happened on school campuses in recent years and the Dark Knight Rises shootings (the killer reportedly had large quantities of ammo and other items delivered on campus), consideration is being given in the educational community regarding the pros and cons of background checks in school admissions. Keene State College, like many colleges and universities, has a question on their application asking the applicant if he/she has ever been convicted of a crime or felony.
The problem once again comes down to cost. While $25 doesn’t sound too bad, when you multiply that times the 7,000 applications KSC gets per year, that total becomes $175,000. Of course, time is a major factor here, too.
While many students don’t particularly like the idea, many admit that while they don’t want one done on themselves they would like them done because:
- The different school shootings reported in the past 10 years, including West Virginia University
- General safety concerns in case an applicant, however young or old, has a violent or deviant past record
- It would be nice to know something about their roommate, in case there was any cause for concern.