Disclosing a Prior or Pending Felony

As a condition of enrollment, all admitted applicants are required to answer a question regarding felony history prior to paying the acceptance fee. Answering yes to the question is not an automatic bar to enrollment. Ohio State reviews each case holistically and will seek to understand the context of any "yes" answers.

The process for all admitted students:

  1. When prompted, log in to your Applicant Center to accept your admission. You will be asked to answer a question regarding felony history, the Community Enrollment Question.
  2. The Community Enrollment Question: Have you ever pled guilty to or been convicted of a felony, or is any felony charge currently pending against you?

    If the criminal adjudication or conviction has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded or otherwise ordered by a court to be kept confidential, you are not required to answer yes to the question or to provide an explanation.

  3. If you answer no to the question, you will continue the admission acceptance process. If you answer yes, you will be given a link to the Prior or Pending Felony Disclosure Form.
  4. Follow the instructions and submit the form using our document uploader within two weeks. Your enrollment will be on hold while the University Community Enrollment Review Committee (UCERC) reviews your disclosure questionnaire and personal statement. You will be notified of a decision through email. Admitted applicants who are cleared for enrollment may return to the Applicant Center to continue the admission acceptance process.

1. How long does the UCERC review process take?

On average, the UCERC review process takes between 4 to 6 weeks once all documentation has been received from the student.

2. Should I submit information related to any previous misdemeanors?

The committee considers all relevant information gathered during its review. You may choose to include that information in your personal statement.

3. Will you accept an electronic signature on the information release document?

No, electronic signatures will not be accepted.

4. Can I submit additional documents for my case other than the Prior or Pending Felony Disclosure Form, Information Release and Personal Statement?

Students are welcome to submit supporting documents that would be helpful in the review of their case. Documents can be uploaded through our document uploader.

5. Can I provide updates or additions to the Prior or Pending Felony Disclosure Form after I've submitted it?

Students are welcome to provide updated or additional materials to their Prior or Pending Felony Disclosure Form. Documents can be uploaded through our document uploader.

6. I have already been through the UCERC process and have reapplied or updated terms. Will I need to submit another Prior or Pending Felony Disclosure Form?

Students who reapply or update terms will need to complete a new Prior or Pending Felony Disclosure Form and must submit updated information.

7. Can I appeal the UCERC decision?

The decision of UCERC is final for the term for which the student is admitted. Students are welcome to update their application for another term or reapply by emailing ucerc@osu.edu.

8. Are there special accommodations for students who are unable to complete the Prior or Pending Felony Disclosure Form following the outlined instructions?

Students can email ucerc@osu.edu to request accommodations to complete the form.

9. What training do UCERC committee members receive?

The university is committed to ensuring that the UCERC review is informed by best practices, which include annual committee training on topics relevant to the mission of the committee.

If you answered yes in error…

Please contact ucerc@osu.edu and request that your Community Enrollment Question be reset.

About the policy

The Ohio State University strives to provide a safe living, learning and working environment for all members of the Ohio State community. As part of that effort, each admitted student is required to disclose prior or pending felony charges. In cases where an admitted student has pled guilty to or been convicted of a felony, or currently has a pending felony charge, the university places that student's enrollment on hold pending further review by the University Community Enrollment Review Committee (UCERC).

UCERC performs a holistic, individualized review of all information provided by the student and information gathered by the committee to determine whether to permit enrollment. Answering yes to the Community Enrollment Question is not an automatic bar to enrollment.

Our commitment to applicants with a felony history:

  • Ohio State's admissions offices do not factor in criminal history as a consideration for determining admissibility. For undergraduates, Admissions is blind to the universal section of the Common Application that asks students if they have been convicted of a crime.
  • Ohio State is committed to treating applicants with a criminal history fairly and with dignity and respect. We review all candidates for enrollment holistically and never automatically deny enrollment to those with a criminal conviction.