KIMT News recently reported the University of Iowa will begin asking questions about criminal background on its student applications beginning in the 2016 school year. Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa already ask background questions on their student applications.

The university will do so by asking applicants about their criminal history on the application. Specifically, the question  will the student applicant if they have ever been subject to disciplinary action for any type of misconduct. And a follow up question asks if the applicant has any pending criminal charges or if they have been convicted of a crime.

Transfer students will be asked if they have been involved in any discipline from the school they are transferring from.

Previously, the university had not asked applicants if they had committed a crime.