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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 9, 2018

Starting next year, The Common Application - the country’s most widely used college application form - will stop asking prospective students about whether they have a criminal record, WHYY reports. Advocates claimed the question was discouraging and discriminatory against prospective students who have a criminal history. “A lot of students with criminal records may feel like disclosing their record will be held against them in the admissions process and get discouraged from applying,” said Caitlin Brown, a spokeswoman with Community Legal Services, a nonprofit in Philadelphia.