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University of Wisconsin sees pushback on admissions proposal

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 13:06:29-05
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The League of Women Voters has joined opponents of the use of criminal background checks as part of the admissions process at University of Wisconsin campuses.
 
The Capital Times reports that university Chancellor Rebecca Blank said last week she would ask the university system's Board of Regents to consider adding criminal background checks to the application.
The suggestion came after it was revealed that a student working to organize a branch of the white nationalist American Freedom Party on campus had been convicted of the arson of two predominantly black churches.
 
The league's president, Andrea Kaminski, said in a letter to Blank that the nonpartisan organization's opposition grows out its longstanding belief that an ex-offender's civil rights should be fully restored.

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