N.C. TASK FORCE WANTS STUDENT CRIME CHECKS

N.C. TASK FORCE WANTS STUDENT CRIME CHECKS

A North Carolina campus safety task force has recommended background checks and tighter controls before admitting students with violent histories to the state’s 16 universities.

The state university system appointed the task force last year after the rape and murder of one student and the shooting death of another student at UNC-Wilmington.

The suspects are students who failed to disclose their previous criminal records for rape and violence in their applications for admission.

The task force will submit its final recommendations in October.

Preliminary proposals include requiring character references for applicants and criminal background checks for applicants with troubled pasts.

The task force said admissions officers should pay particular attention to applications where there are substantial unexplained gaps in school attendance.

The task force also recommended safety courses for students and counseling on dangers of walking alone after dark.

Copyright Washington Crime News Service Aug 12, 2004

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