Yeardley Love Murder Leads University Of Virginia To Change Background Check Policy

08/06/2010 03:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The University of Virginia will now require all students to disclose in writing their criminal records before they're able to access course material information and school e-mail services for the semester.

UVA President Teresa Sullivan made the announcement at a news conference today. The Washington Post reports that Sullivan said the background check requirement "has been changed from a 'passive' to an 'active' notification system."

According to the Post, students caught lying about their criminal history will be in violation of UVA's honor code -- the punishment for which is dismissal.

The new regulation comes after the slaying of UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love in May. Love's ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death. Huguely had previously been arrested, but the university remained unaware of his record.

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