Dear Members of the SSA Community:
We wanted to provide you with an update on our efforts to address concerns raised about requiring disclosure of prior criminal justice involvement on our application for admission to the School of Social Service Administration.
We are pleased to note that starting next admissions cycle, SSA will remove questions regarding prior history of felony convictions from its admissions application. The faculty and the administration of SSA stand unanimously behind removing "the box" from our application, and we have now received approval from the Provost's Office and the University's Office of Legal Counsel to do so. As a matter of uniform policy, the University continues to require the gathering of felony conviction information in its adherence to prevailing legal standards. However, starting next admissions cycle, SSA will seek this information only after an application has been submitted and evaluated as admissible to the School, and (congruent with employment practices at the University) SSA will extend admission, conditional upon provision and review of the information. Making this change will both remove this potential hindrance in the application to SSA, while also ensuring the University is consistent with prevailing legal standards.
Neil Guterman, Dean and Mose & Sylvia Firestone Professor
Matthew Epperson, Associate Professor
Kristen Reid Salomon, Assistant Dean of Students