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Committee Tweaks Bill on Withholding College Transcripts

Sign at the gateway to the UConn Storrs campus on Route 195. Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com

State Sen. Derek Slap of West Hartford, who chairs the Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committee, said through the public hearing process, he ‘learned a lot about the unintended consequences.’

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

A legislative panel on higher education scaled back a bill Thursday that would have prevented colleges and universities in Connecticut from withholding the transcripts of students who owe them money.

The bill seeks to address a tactic commonly used by colleges and universities to collect unpaid debts: requiring students to pay up before the school will issue them a transcript for a job or educational application or for their own records. The original proposal would have prohibited such a refusal.

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