Texas Colleges & Universities Initiate Dorm Background Checks

Colleges and universities across Texas have been given approval by Governor Rick Perry to dig deeper into students’ backgrounds if they want to live on campus. Campus police at Grayson College say safety is the number one priority, especially for those living on campus. “They’re here 24/7 just like us. So, our primary goal is to make sure we have a safe environment o live in,” said the Campus Police Chief. Only those applying to live on campus will be subject to the checks. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) website will show pending charges and convictions, and only a housing administrator or campus police chief will be allowed access to the records. The new law doesn’t require public universities and colleges to perform the background checks. That is up to each institution to decide.

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