CATALOG: Admission of Students on the Sexual Offender Registry

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act is a federal law that provides the tracking of convicted, registered sex offenders that are enrolled, employed, or who volunteer at higher education institutions. The Act amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. These amendments require that sex offenders, who are already required to register in a state, provide notice of any enrollment, employment, and volunteerism at any and all higher education institutions within that state. In addition, higher education institutions are required to issue a statement advising the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.

The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires all colleges to issue a statement advising the campus community where information on registered sex offenders can be obtained. The Virginia State Police Sex Offender and Crimes against Minors Registry website provides information about registered sex offenders. This site is maintained by the Virginia State Police and provides information about registered sex offenders in RCC’s service area and in the state of Virginia. Upon accessing the Web site, click on the “sex offender registry” link for relevant information pertaining to registered sex offenders.

Section 23.1-407 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 Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry. Language on the College’s electronic Admissions Application informs applicants that their information is being transmitted to the State Police.

In the event that that an applicant to RCC is listed on the Sex Offender Registry, the following procedures apply:

  • The applicant will be denied admission to RCC in accordance with its admission policy as published in its catalog: The College reserves the right to evaluate special cases and to refuse admission to applicants when it is considered advisable in the best interest of the college.
  • If the applicant registers for classes and becomes a student before the college received notification, the student will be immediately informed that he/she is being dropped from classes and will receive a refund.
  • An applicant may invoke his/her right to an appeal process.

Last modified on 08-14-2017