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Barriers to Education: Policies and Perceptions of Individuals With Histories of Sexual Offenses in Higher Education

Although education has been demonstrated to promote desistance, a person with a sex offense conviction faces numerous obstacles when pursuing a postsecondary education. In the present study, we investigated perceptions of university administrators toward applicants convicted of sexual offenses. Resp...

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Main Author: Rubenstein, Lauren
Contributors: Tabaczyk, Olivia M. (VerfasserIn); Jeglic, Elizabeth L. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2019
In:International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Year: 2019, Volume: 63, Issue: 11, Pages: 2038-2049
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Summary:Although education has been demonstrated to promote desistance, a person with a sex offense conviction faces numerous obstacles when pursuing a postsecondary education. In the present study, we investigated perceptions of university administrators toward applicants convicted of sexual offenses. Responses were collected through an online survey disseminated to national higher education administrator organizations. Results indicated that 70% of institutions collect information regarding students' criminal histories, with 62% of these institutions taking sexual offenses into consideration in admissions decisions. Furthermore, 39% reported that these individuals face further restrictions if admitted. Overall, 59% of respondents agreed with their institution's policies, whereas a minority felt their policies should be reexamined. This is the first study to explore administrative perceptions of policies regarding applicants with a history of sexual offending and provides data on the restrictions faced by people with a sex offense conviction when applying to and attending institutes of higher education.
ISSN:1552-6933