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Leeds Beckett University has a duty to ensure the safety of its staff, students, and other stakeholders. 
Relevant unspent criminal convictions should be disclosed during the application process. Certain courses which involve interaction with, for example, vulnerable persons, require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to be completed through Leeds Beckett University. DBS checks are carried out by the Admissions team, and details of the relevant courses can be found here.
Applicants who disclose a criminal conviction on their application form will not automatically be rejected. If an applicant meets all other entry requirements, a risk assessment will be carried out to ascertain whether an offer to study can be made. In order to do this the University requires cooperation from the applicant, who will be contacted for further information. The University may ask for further information about the conviction, including the date and nature of the conviction, as well as details of the applicants Probation Officer or Solicitor and authorisation from the applicant that the University can communicate with these individuals about the conviction, the background to the conviction, current situation and suitability to study on the course. Once all the information is received a risk assessment will be carried out by the University Secretary and Registrar to assess the level of risk that the applicant may pose to the University community. On the basis of the assessment a decision will be made whether a formal offer of a place on the course can be made. The outcome of the assessment will be communicated to the applicant in writing.    
Applicants should be reassured that the information declared regarding criminal convictions and all communication surrounding the matter are dealt with on a strictly confidential basis and in line with the Data Protection legislation. Only members of the University who need to be aware of the conviction will be informed. 
Applicants may contact the University prior to making an application to discuss their relevant unspent criminal convictions, any questions or concerns. Applicants applying for a course that requires a DBS check should contact Student Admissions on the details provided on this page.
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