Louisiana will partially 'ban the box' for college admission
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's public colleges and universities will only have limited authority to ask applying students about their criminal histories to determine admission.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said Monday the governor has signed into law the "ban the box" legislation sponsored by Rep. Vincent Pierre, a Lafayette Democrat.
The legislation contains exceptions.
Schools still can ask about convictions for stalking, rape and sexual battery during the admissions process. If a potential student is denied admission because of such a conviction, the applicant can appeal the rejection.
After granting admission, colleges also will be able to ask about criminal convictions for a variety of reasons, including to determine if they'll limit participation in campus programs, financial aid and housing.
The new law takes effect Aug. 1.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
WATCH: Internet goes wild for singing donkey
Condemned property demolition put on hold by property owner
Fans propose 'whiteout' for LSU, Alabama game amid controversial Devin White suspension
Livingston Parish man calls 911, admits to killing father
No more changes to St. George petition after Monday night