Convicted Sexual Offenders
Section 23-2:2:1 of the Code of Virginia requires that the VCCS send enrollment information to the Virginia State Police concerning applicants to institutions of higher education. This information is transmitted electronically and compared against the Virginia Criminal Information Network and National Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry. Language on the web application informs applicants that their information is being transmitted to the State Police.
In the event that the State Police determine that an applicant to John Tyler Community College is listed on the Sex Offender Registry, the State Police will notify JTCC. When the College receives such notification, the following procedures apply:
- The applicant will be denied admission to JTCC in accordance with its admission policy as published in its catalog: Students may be denied admission if there is reason to believe that they present a danger to themselves, other students, faculty or staff.
- If the applicant registers for classes and becomes a student before the College receives notification from the State Police, the student will be immediately informed that he/she is being administratively withdrawn from classes and will receive a refund.
- An applicant may invoke his/her rights to an appeal process
Appeal Process for Denial of Admission or Withdrawal for Convicted Sex Offender
When a convicted sex offender is denied admission to or is administratively withdrawn from classes at John Tyler Community College, he/she may invoke the following appeal process:
Note: If a student is appealing a denial of admission or an administrative withdrawal, he/she must submit the letter of appeal to the dean of students within ten (10) business days of the receipt of the letter from the dean of students informing the student of his/her denial of admission or administrative withdrawal.
- The applicant or withdrawn student will receive a letter from the dean of students stating his/her denial of admission or administrative withdrawal.
The applicant/withdrawn student may write a letter of appeal to the dean of students in which he/she provides the following information:
- Disclosure of the nature of the offense for which he/she has been convicted;
- Justification for consideration of admissions/reinstatement;
- Statement acknowledging his/her identity and status as a convicted sex offender will be publicized on the College campus in accordance with federal and state law if he/she is admitted or reinstated.
- The Student Affairs Committee will review the information submitted and make a decision by a simple majority vote within ten (10) business days of receiving the letter of appeal. The Committee will submit its recommendation to the College president for approval.
- The dean of students will inform the applicant/withdrawn student by letter of the decision. The president’s decision shall be final.