Criminal History Screening Practice Tips - Balancing Educational Opportunity and Campus Safety

LIVE Webinar date: January 19, 2012
Time: 2pm – 3:00pm ET


This session will explore the tools and practices that can be used by college admissions officers to balance campus safety concerns and the mission of providing educational opportunities to qualified students. The topics in this webinar will incude:

  • When to screen for a criminal history record
  • What criminal history information should be considered
  • Ensuring accuracy of information
  • Qualifications and training of admissions staff to undertake this review
Webinar will also give direction on counseling and support to students with criminal history records including career choices and barriers that may be encountered.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is geared towards registrars, admissions officers, student services and records administrators, enrollment professionals, and directors of student affairs and student counseling.


Alan Rosenthal - Co-Director of Justice Strategies, the research, training and policy initiative of the Center for Community Alternatives

Alan Rosenthal is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney with over 35 years of experience. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. He is currently the Co-Director of Justice Strategies, the research, training and policy initiative of the Center for Community Alternatives. He has lectured on such topics as “Race and the Criminal Justice System,” “Treatment Courts,” “Community Justice,” and “Reentry and Reintegration.” He co-authored the CCA publication Sentencing for Dollars: The Financial Consequences of a Criminal Conviction and The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered and working papers, Unlocking the Potential of Reentry and Reintegration and Closing the Doors To Higher Education: Another Collateral Consequence of a Criminal Conviction.

Alan has presented training for lawyers for many of the Public Defender Offices and Bar Associations throughout New York. He served on the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions and is one of the co-authors of their report and recommendations on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Proceedings, “Re-Entry and Reintegration: The Road to Public Safety.” He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Alan is on the advisory boards for both Reentry Net and ICARE (Interfaith Coalition of Advocates for Reentry and Employment). In March 2006 he was honored with the Outstanding Service to the Criminal Bar Award by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Marsha Weissman - Executive Director of the Center for Community Alternative

Marsha Weissman is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA). She holds a Ph.D. in Social Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University. CCA provides alternative programs for young people in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Justice Strategies, CCA’s policy division, draws upon CCA’s direct service experience to advance justice system reform. Dr. Weissman is the author of several publications including “Aspiring to the Impracticable: Alternatives to Incarceration in the Era of Mass Incarceration”, NYU Law School Review of Law and Social Change (2009). She is currently completing a book “Prelude to Prison: Youth Perspectives on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” In 2002, Dr. Weissman appeared before the U.S. Senate to testified on the problem of the “school to prison pipeline” and ways to reduce school suspensions. In 2008, Dr. Weissman and youth from CCA’s juvenile justice programs testified before the U.N. Committee to End Racial Discrimination about disparities in the U.S. juvenile justice system. Dr. Weissman was also a member of the NYS Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice.

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Registration Cost:$69.00 for AACRAO Members / $99.00 for Non-Members

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