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Criminal History Check Procedures and Standards
Navarro College prospective Residence Life students must complete the Navarro College Release of Background Information form (RBI) as part of the Residence Life Application process. The Residence Life Application becomes valid when the complete application (both parts) is returned with the housing deposit fee ($230), a copy of the applicant’s driver license or State Identification Card and the non-refundable $10 processing fee. An incomplete Release of Background Information (RBI) form will void the Navarro College Residence Life Application.
Upon receipt of the Residence Life Application with the complete Release of Background Information (RBI) form and the non-refundable $10 processing fee, the Residence Life Department will process the background check of the applying student.
The findings of this background check will be evaluated and compared to the Navarro College Residence Life Criminal History Standards. If the background check results in a negative report (“No Record”), the Navarro College Residence Life staff will declare that the applicant is “eligible” for consideration for Residence Life.
If the Criminal History Check reports that the applicant has a Criminal History, the information will then be evaluated according to the Navarro College Residence Life Criminal History Standards. If the applicant does not meet the standards, a declaration of “not eligible” will be made. The applicant who does not meet the standards will be notified by mail that he/she will not be entered on the placement list for Residence Life at this time. The procedures for refund of the deposit and the appeal will be explained in the letter.
Each applicant who fails to meet the Navarro College Residence Life Criminal History Standards and has been deemed “not eligible” may contest or review the declaration of “not eligible” by using the following procedures:
– Within three (3) working days of receipt of the “not eligible” letter, the prospective applicant will contact Residence Life and schedule a time for review of the information.
– The applicant must bring the letter stating that he/she has been declared “not eligible”.
– The applicant will be required to bring copies of all certified judicial court decrees that negate the validity of the criminal charge(s) and their dismissal.
– A Residence Life Review Team will review all pertinent information provided. If the charges are shown to be “invalid”, the Residence Life Review Team shall re-submit a declaration of “eligible” to the Navarro College Residence Life Department.
Copies of all documents or records that are submitted, during the review, will be placed on file. All record inquiries and submitted documents shall be considered confidential, and will not be released.
After review, if the applicant’s record submitted to the Residence Life Department is changed to “eligible”, the Residence Life Department will verify that the housing deposit has not been refunded. The Residence Life applicant’s name will be entered on the placement list for room assignment. If the housing deposit of $200 has been refunded, the deposit must be re-submitted to the Residence Life Department before the applicant will be added to the placement list.
CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD STANDARDS
Criminal History findings that will be used to decline a Residence Life application:
Class B Misdemeanor Convictions including Deferred Adjudication and No contest:
(Class B or C Traffic Misdemeanors will not be considered as an offense that will be used to decline an application)
All offenses over one (1) year will not be considered a factor, if the case has been adjudicated.
Class A Misdemeanor Convictions including Deferred Adjudication and No contest:
All misdemeanor convictions considered as Class A by any state in the United States. (Exclusive of any traffic violation).
Deferred Adjudication and No contest
(Convictions of two (2) years or older, will not be considered as a current criminal conviction, if the applicant does not have any other Class B Misdemeanor or higher convictions since the date of the last Class A Misdemeanor).
All felony crime convictions.
(Convictions of three (3) years or older, will not be considered as a current criminal conviction, if the applicant does not have any other Class A or B Misdemeanor since the date of the last felony conviction).
All aggravated felony convictions that resulted in a death, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault or the delivery of a felony amount of narcotics will be cause to decline a Residence Life Application.
Note: No applicant, who is on Parole or Probation for the following offenses, will be considered for Residence Life:
Causing Injury to a Child/Elderly or Disabled Person
Deadly Conduct with a Firearm
Possession/Selling of amounts (>200 grams) of illegal drugs
Controlled Substance Dealer (Youth classified for felony-level drug manufacturing or delivery)
Indecency with a Child
Conspiracy to commit any of these crimes
NOTE: These are guidelines and are not intended to be inclusive of all crimes or situations. The Housing Appeal Committee has discretion to approve or disapprove applicants in accordance with these guidelines and to make determinations as to whether the criminal history of an individual will be used to decline a housing application. The Housing Appeal Committee also has discretion to deny the application of an individual arrested for a crime if these charges are still pending. The Housing Appeal Committee reserves the right to determine the equivalency of the convictions above if occurred outside the state of Texas. The decision of the Housing Appeal Committee is considered final and binding.