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N.C. community colleges may allow denial of risky applicants

Safety concerns at North Carolina’s community colleges have recently driven a new education proposal that could limit open admission.

The policy, drafted by the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges, would allow colleges to deny admission to applicants who pose a substantial health or safety risk to the schools.

College officials said there is no specific incident that triggered the proposal, but added that with a higher number of students enrolling each year, safety issues are always a concern.

If approved, the proposal will be enacted by February 2011, and will give colleges power to “refuse admission to an applicant when there is an articulable, imminent and significant threat to the applicant or other individuals,” according to the proposal.

“This provides the tools to colleges to balance the concept of safety with open admissions,” said Megen Hoenk, director of marketing and external affairs for the North Carolina Community College System.

Under the current proposal, college officials would not have to tell students why they are denied admission. The proposal also does not specify if there is an appeal process.

Read the full story at the Duke Chronicle.

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