SB 118 – Prohibits Postsecondary Educational Institutions From Asking Prospective Students About Criminal History On An Application Or During The Admissions Process

Category: Private Education
Date: Oct 27, 2020 10:59 AM

SB 118 prohibits a postsecondary educational institution in this state, except for applications for a professional degree or law enforcement basic training courses and programs, from inquiring about a prospective student’s criminal history on an initial application form or at any time during the admissions process before the institution’s final decision relative to the prospective student’s application for admission.

SB 118 provides that postsecondary educational institutions must make any necessary changes to their application form to comply with subdivision (b) by the Fall term of the 2021–22 academic year.

(SB 118 amends sections 4021.5, 4187.2, and 4187.5 of the Business and Professions Code, adds section 66024.5 to the Education Code, amends sections 15402, 15420, 15421, 15422, and 15819.403 of, and repeals section 15403 of, the Government Code, amends sections 290.5, 851.93, 977.2, 1170, 1203.425, 11105, 16532, 18010, 30400, 30405, 30406, 30412, 30414, 30442, 30445, 30447, 30448, 30450, 30452, 30454, 30456, 30470, 30485, 30515, 30900, and 30955 of, add sections 3000.01, 5003.7 and 30685 to, and repeal Article 5 (commencing with section 2985) of Chapter 7 of Title 1 of Part 3 of, the Penal Code and amends section 1731.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.)

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