The State of Indiana maintains a registry of individuals who have been convicted of sex offenses committed against minors. As a number of degree programs and specific courses either prepare students to work with minors or place them in contact with minors as a part of the course, enrollment in those courses or programs is not available to anyone who appears on the Sex Offender Registry. Consult the individual school or departments to see if appearance on the registry will be a barrier to enrollment.
The Indiana Sheriffs maintain a
registry with detailed information about individuals who register as
sex or violent offenders at Indiana sheriff departments. The purpose of the
registry is to inform the general public about the identity and location
of sex and violent offenders who live, work, or study in Indiana.
Both sites provide links to sex offender registries in other states.
IUPUI Sex Offender Screening Policy
The policy memo dated June 17, 1996 was issued to address the need to reduce the risk of putting sex offenders in proximity to children through employment or educational activities at IUPUI. The intent is to assure that no student is allowed to pursue a degree in a program where the student would be placed in proximity to children whether as part of their course of study or as part of their employment after receiving the degree.
The campus policy blocks employment to anyone who appears on the Sex Offenders registry while leaving the decision about admission to the individual schools. “Any school or unit having programs which place students or faculty in direct proximity to children must develop and implement a Sex Offenders Screening policy.”
At the beginning of each term, a list of currently enrolled students is matched against the Criminal Justice Institute’s sex offenders registry. If there are currently enrolled students attending IUPUI who are on the registry, that list of students is sent to the following offices/schools:
- Academic Support Programs
- Center on Philanthropy
- Child Care Center
- Continuing Studies
- Dean of Students / Student Affairs
- Dean’s Office of each individual student (their students only)
- Graduate Admissions
- Human Resources
- Nursing, IUB and IUPUI
- Service Learning
- Student Employment
- Student Financial Assistance
- Student Involvement
- Study Abroad Program
- Undergraduate (UG) Admissions
Note: The IUPUI Registrar administers this match for all campuses within the IU system and delivers each list to the appropriate campus Registrar. In addition, the IUPUI Office of the Registrar checks the roster of each class in which the student offender is enrolled. If any other student in one of these classes is under the age of 18, the IUPUI Registrar will provide that information to the student offender's campus Registrar so that student offender's Dean may be notified.
IUPUI Practice: If the sex offender is enrolled in a class along with any other student who is under the age of 18, the Dean of the student's school is expected to immediately consult with the IUPUI Executive Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculties as well as the University Counsel Office to determine what steps are needed to address the issues. After such consultation, if appropriate, the Dean may be required to contact the offender and require that the offender drop the class or switch to a different class/course where each enrollee is 18 or older. Any required drop/add activity should be coordinated administratively so that the student offender is not required to pay late fees or suffer any loss of tuition.