Student Special Admissions

 
 
The Special Admissions Committee is charged with determining the admission status of students who have been either:
  • Expelled, suspended, placed on probation, or subject to any other disciplinary action at any secondary school or college they have attended. Or,
  • Convicted of a felony, plead guilty to a felony, plead no contest to a felony, placed on probation for a felony, placed on a deferred sentence for a felony, and/or placed on a suspended sentence for a felony.

Oversight of the Committee is provided by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee.

If a student has been expelled, suspended, placed on probation, or subject to any other disciplinary action at any secondary school or college they have attended, please follow the guidelines below.

In order to complete your file for enrollment consideration, you must provide the Special Admissions Committee with the following:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to the behavioral and social ability to function in a university setting from any of the following individuals:
    • Employer, family member, professor or instructor, or any other person who can attest to your character.

(Recommendation letters should include: Contact information for the reference, relationship between the reference and applicant, and the reference's signature.)

(Include on the form location(s) and date(s) of your offense(s), as well as signatures of two witnesses.)

  • Finally, provide a typed 1-2 page writing sample using appropriate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This writing sample is in addition to the description of circumstances regarding your disciplinary action that you were asked to submit with your application. The writing sample must meet the following criteria:
    • Provide information as to why you would like to be a student at Northeastern State University and in what field you hope to study and/or career plans.
    • Describe your support system. Who are the people in your life who will help you be successful as a student?
    • Provide an explanation of your disciplinary action and the circumstances surrounding your disciplinary action.
    • Describe changes you have made to yourself and your life since the disciplinary action.
    • Provide examples of things you have done since the disciplinary action which demonstrate your ability to be a successful student. This can include any classes taken, extra-curricular activities, work training, and/or job skills.

If a student has been convicted of a felony, plead guilty to a felony, plead no contest to a felony, placed on probation for a felony and/or placed on suspension for a felony, please follow the guidelines below.

To complete your file for enrollment consideration, you must provide the Special Admissions Committee with the following:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to the behavioral and social ability to function in a university setting from any of the following individuals:
    • Probation or Parole Officer
    • Psychological/Counseling Services Professional
    • Employer, education institution representative, family member, religious organization, counselor, or any other person that can attest to your character

(Recommendation letters should include: Contact information for the reference, relationship between the reference and applicant, and the reference's signature.)

  • If you are currently on probation or parole, you must provide us with a letter from the person assigned to your case that indicates you are in compliance with the terms of probation or parole. (This does not count as one of your letters of recommendation.
  • A signed Confidential Information Release Form (Include on the form location(s) and date(s) of your offense(s), as well as signatures of two witnesses.)
  • Finally, provide a typed 1-2 page writing sample using appropriate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This writing sample is in addition to the description of circumstances regarding your disciplinary action that you were asked to submit with your application. The writing sample must meet the following criteria:
    • Provide information as to why you would like to be a student at Northeastern State University and in what field you hope to study and/or career plans.
    • Describe your support system. Who are the people in your life who will help you be successful as a student?
    • Provide an explanation of your felony and the circumstances surrounding your felony.
    • Describe changes you have made to yourself and your life since the felony.
    • Provide examples of things you have done since the felony which demonstrate your ability to be a successful student. This can include any classes taken, work-related training, and/or job skills.
    • If drugs, alcohol, or violent/aggressive behavior was included in the felony, discuss any counseling and/or treatment programs that you completed.

If a student has both felony and disciplinary matters to review, please follow the guidelines pertaining to felonies, and add the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to your behavioral and social ability to function in a university setting from any of the following:
    • Dean of Students, Conduct Official, Counselor, Professor/Instructor of secondary school or college where offense occurred.

The writing sample, personal references and release of information form may be:

  • Faxed to 918-458-2340
  • Scanned and emailed to studentaffairs@nsuok.edu
  • Mailed to 601 N. Grand Ave (Attn: Student Affairs); Tahlequah, OK 74464
  • Dropped off to Room 209 of the Administration Building on the Tahlequah Campus

Once your documents have been received, you will be contacted with a request to meet with the Special Admissions Committee. The committee meets monthly, therefore, your documents should be submitted to our office as soon as possible in order to allow enough time for committee review and for the admission and enrollment process to be completed. Three to six months in advance is advised.

Outcomes

Given that the applicant meets all other university admissions requirements, applicants may receive one of the following outcomes after completing the Special Admissions process:

  • Applicant may be fully admitted to the university
  • Applicant may be admitted with stipulations (such as limited hours, or housing restrictions)
  • Applicant may be denied admission to the university

Special Admissions Committee Review Criteria

The following criteria are used as a guide for the Special Admissions Committee to determine the outcome of the applicant's request for admission:

  1. Recommendations: Applicant must provide recommendations that address past and current patterns of behavior and any changes in those patterns. Recommendations should include insights related to the potential for personal and academic success from individuals able to speak to the progress and development made by the applicant (such as a counselor, probation officer, or employer) since the time of the incident(s). Successful completion of all court ordered sanctions and/or probation is preferred but may be waived with majority committee vote.
  2. Track Record: Applicant must demonstrate a track record of starting and completing duties, i.e. work related or projects.
  3. Probability of Academic Success: Applicant must demonstrate the ability to complete college level academic coursework.
  4. Ability to Handle Stress Related Activities: Applicant must demonstrate the ability to handle stress related situations that traditionally occur while pursuing a higher education.
  5. Drugs, Alcohol or Violent/Aggressive Behavior: If drugs, alcohol or violent/aggressive behavior was included in the incident, applicant must present proof of completion of counseling and/or treatment program(s) for substance abuse, anger management, or related. Applicant must demonstrate an active and on-going plan for maintaining their ability to be successful in the educational environment.
  6. Threat to Self and/or Others: Concerns regarding the applicant's level of threat to self and/or others should be discussed by the committee. While no one can predict the future, intervention options should be discussed and weighed against the other criteria and against the overall safety of the campus community.
  7. Interview: Applicant must be able to address questions posed by committee, take responsibility for their actions, and articulate what they learned and/or what positive changes they have made since the time of the incident(s).