Lawmakers call for college student background checks

Monday, January 13, 2014

West Virginia colleges and universities would gain the power to conduct criminal background checks on both current and prospective students under one of the first bills introduced during the 2014 legislative session.

The proposal would allow state institutions of higher education to perform background checks on any students who resides, or is applying to reside, in on-campus housing.

The proposal, House Bill 4009, is sponsored by a dozen delegates - none of whom represent the Northern Panhandle.

In addition to giving schools the authority to perform background checks, the bill also would allow students - at their own expense - to request their school perform a background check on another student or potential student.

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