Automatic Disqualifiers

Criminal History

  • Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals).
  • Conviction of any Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor, including traffic violations, or the Virginia State Law equivalent within the last five (5) years.
  • Any conviction of Domestic Violence, including simple assault against a domestic partner, spouse, child, or parent.
  • Commission of undetected crimes of a serious or repetitive nature.
  • Any individual falling into any of the aforementioned criminal history categories, who prior to conviction, that enters a plea agreement or other form of sentencing disposition to the reduction of charges will be disqualified from the entry process.

Traffic Violations

  • A positive point balance is required on a Virginia Operator’s License or the equivalent for an out of state license.
  • No more than two (2) moving violations in any state within the last twelve (12) months.
  • Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take a blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, reckless driving, or leaving the scene of an accident within the last five (5) years.


  • Any involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs.
  • Illegal possession of anabolic steroids within the last five (5) years.
  • Illegal possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the last twelve (12) months.
  • Illegal possession of heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens or any other schedule 1 or 2 drug, or any derivative thereof, as defined in the Code of Virginia with the last ten (10) years.


  • The UVA Police Department looks for a demonstrated history of financial responsibility. Problems with credit will be evaluated on a case by case basis, and issues that are not the result of the repetitive poor judgement of a candidate will not normally be disqualifying.


  • Dishonorable discharge from any military service (less than honorable discharge will be reviewed on a case by case basis).
  • Untruthfulness or the intentional withholding of information on any application, interview or paperwork that is associated with the position or process.
  • Deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements may remove you from further consideration for employment.
  • Cheating on any exam or testing that is associated with the position or process.
  • Ineligibility to possess a firearm in Virginia.