The Michigan Department of Education requires all colleges/universities to request information from all potential and current teacher education candidates regarding civil infractions, convictions, substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect. You must answer the following questions truthfully. Falsification of any information regarding your criminal history may be grounds for dismissal from
the School of Education at Spring Arbor University and/or denial and/or revocation of your teaching certificate from the Michigan Department of Education. If you have had a case of child abuse or neglect substantiated against you and/or if you are required to register with the Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry, you may be unable to complete the requirements for the Early Childhood Education major or minor. As of January 1, 2006, all questions enumerated below pertain to both juvenile and adult convictions. (If you are unsure of whether you have a conviction on record, you must contact the court in the county where the incident in question occurred.)
*For Your Information: Pleading “No Contest” is still considered by the Michigan Department of Education to have been convicted
of the crime and you must answer, “yes” to the appropriate question(s) above.
IMPORTANT NOTE If you have answered, “yes” to any questions above, you will be contacted to set up a formal meeting with School of Education representatives to receive information and sign a form acknowledging your understanding of your possible risk for obtaining certification. You must also complete the “Conviction Questionnaire” for each conviction against you. This questionnaire will be made available to you at the meeting with the SOE representatives. You must have one completed/signed “Conviction Questionnaire” on file in the School of Education office for each misdemeanor or felony. You must report any future convictions or substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect to the School of Education in a timely manner during your enrollment in the Spring Arbor University School of Education program in order to remain a student in good standing.