Consideration of Criminal and Disciplinary History

The University of Oregon is committed to maintaining a scholarly, educational environment characterized by safety, respect, and integrity. As part of this commitment, the University requires applicants to supply information about their conduct. While the university has always considered such factors, the addition of this section to the application is meant to make that consideration more transparent.  The presence of these questions should never discourage an applicant from applying, and the vast majority of such applicants are cleared for full consideration through a process that strongly emphasizes confidentiality and efficiency.

FAQ

What information do I need to report?

There are three questions—one each regarding school disciplinary violation at the 9th grade level or higher, including college; one regarding protective, restraining, or stalking orders; and a third regarding misdemeanors, felonies, or other crimes in the U.S. or another country. For any of the three questions in this section, a “yes” answer must be accompanied by an explanation in the text box for that section. As with any other part of the application, you are required to answer accurately and truthfully. 

How are responses to these questions considered?

Applications that report any “yes” responses regarding student conduct or criminal charges and convictions will receive a review of that information before any general admission review takes place. While many reviews will take only a few days, and allow an applicant to proceed through the rest of the process, there are other cases where you may be asked for additional information, or that a formal advisory group needs to convene. Only in rare cases will it result in a denial of admission; however, careful review is sometimes needed to reach a decision.  In the many cases where the applicant will be cleared to continue the review process, this information will not be shared, and will not disadvantage the applicant in any way. 

Who can see my answer(s) to these questions?

To protect your privacy as an applicant, and as a student if you should enroll, the explanation you provide to accompany a yes answer will not be included on the PDF application you can produce once you have submitted it.  Your answers will not be visible to most staff in the admissions office or other offices, unless on a careful, case-by-case basis. On the DuckWeb account where you can follow the progress of your application, you will see a simple, brief statement noting that this process is a component of your admission review – no details will appear here.

In many cases, an applicant’s conduct history will quickly be determined to be a non-issue, and therefore cleared for the rest of the admissions review process. However, in some cases, further review will involve a discussion among representatives from selected additional areas, which may include Student Conduct and Community Standards, General Counsel, Registrar, UO Police Department, Dean of Students, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Housing, Student Life, or faculty representatives. Even in these cases, great care will be taken to assure as much confidentiality as possible.

How are these answers considered?

Oregon makes a commitment to maintaining a safe, respectful scholarly community with integrity. In determining whether any conduct history is at odds with this environment, we will consider

Patterns of repeated behavior
How recently the conduct occurred
Evidence of responsibility
Severity of incident or crime
Nature of incident or crime
Age at time of offense
Sanctions/restitution completed
Conditions of probation or parole
Evidence of rehabilitation and support

If the description provided is sufficient and the circumstances around the conduct are clear, a decision will be made without further information requested. If additional information is needed for the advisory group to complete its review, a follow-up questionnaire is sent to the applicant, and is required before a complete review of the application can be made. A representative from either the Office of Admissions or Student Conduct may contact an applicant’s former institution, or a relevant authority may be contacted to follow up on information provided by the applicant, or to obtain further information. It is important to note that an applicant who fails to respond to a request for additional information or questionnaire risks being considered any further.

What if I have criminal or student conduct charges pending against me that haven’t been resolved?

You are not required to answer 'yes' to the conduct questions based on bending criminal or student conduct charges; however, as stated on the application, if you are convicted of a crime or found responsible for a student conduct charge after the submission of your application, you are required to notify the university of that change. Please contact Assistant Director of Admission Moriah Dunning at condhist@uoregon.edu to discuss your individual situation.

Will these answers prevent admission to the University of Oregon?

Applicants reporting academic dishonesty, prior criminal charges or convictions are never automatically denied admission to the university. The case details are reviewed by a campus-wide advisory group selected by Admissions, based on the factors listed above. 

The advisory group will meet on a monthly basis to review these cases. This group carefully reviews all the conduct information provided, and will make a recommendation to the Director of Admissions based on its review. The final decision is then made, and if cleared, the applicant can see the clearance immediately on their DuckWeb account. It is important to note that, even if the review clears an applicant of any conduct concerns, they may or may not meet the academic qualifications for admission.

If I am denied admission because of conduct reasons, can I appeal the decision?

Yes, an opportunity to be reconsidered is available to any student denied admission. Appeals should include new information that was not previously shared at the point of application and compelling information that an additional review and new decision is warranted.

If you have questions about our process or would like assistance in completing your application responses, please contact Assistant Director Moriah Dunning at condhist@uoregon.edu to discuss your individual situation. This special email address has restricted access to assure your privacy; other staff cannot access this email account.