Virginia College Student Background Checks Under Scrutiny

Although Virginia law requires public and private colleges to submit to Virginia State Police a list of names of all admitted students so that the names can be checked against the National Sex Offender List and the Virginia Criminal Information Network, some lawmakers feel that this is not enough, especially in light of the recent arrest of Jesse Matthew, Jr., charged with the abduction of missing UVA Student, Hannah Graham.  Mr. Matthew had previously been accused of sexual assault at Liberty University.  According to an article written by Austin Bogues and Christine Sampson and published by the Virginia Gazette, there may be push to reform the background screening process and to include updates to the initial criminal search, especially arrest information.  However, others argue that arrest information should not be considered, as an individual is presumed innocent until they are proven to be guilty.  Continue Reading ->