2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Admission of Justice-Involved Students

John Jay College of Criminal Justice believes firmly in the power of education to transform lives, and has a history of successfully supporting students who have criminal convictions, including students with criminal convictions who are transitioning from prison, into college and beyond to impressive careers. Students with criminal convictions are encouraged to apply to John Jay and to access specialized resources and supports on campus that are designed to help them succeed.

The college reserves the right, however, to deny admission to any student if the college reaches the judgment that the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college or the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination of factors including the particular circumstances of the college, such as the presence of a child care center, summer camp, public school or public school students on the campus. In addition, the college may consider factors such as the type of violation that led to the conviction; the amount of time since the offense was committed; the length of incarceration, if any; whether the student was on probation or parole, for what period of time, and whether the student has successfully completed such requirements at the time of the student’s application; whether the student has completed drug, alcohol, sex offender or other treatment; and what work, civic, or educational  experiences the student has had after returning to the community. Finally, if the student is known to have been assisted by a CUNY-sponsored or other re-entry program or initiative, the college will consult with a counselor or representative from said program.