New "Ban the Box" law won't impact universities in Northeast Louisiana

MONROE, La. - Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill "banning the box" on college applications earlier this month, meaning public schools in the state can't ask applicants if they've got a criminal background.

There's been a lot of reaction from both sides on the new law...

Supporters like giving everyone an equal opportunity, while opponents worry about there being more criminals on our college campuses.

However, in Northeast Louisiana the new law shouldn't concern you.

ULM, Louisiana Tech, and Grambling State haven't had the box on their applications for some time anyways.

And ULM's Director of Marketing and Communications Dr. Julia Letlow assures it's never been an issue.

"To my knowledge we are not performing background checks on incoming freshman," said Dr. Letlow.

When asked if there had ever been an issue with a student admitted that turned out to have a criminal background, Dr. Letlow said it hadn't to her knowledge.

"Safety is the utmost concern for us on this campus," Dr. Letlow said. "We go to great lengths to make sure that our students are safe."

The new law takes effect August 1st. 


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