School Specific Character and Fitness Questions

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westinghouse60
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School Specific Character and Fitness Questions

Postby westinghouse60 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:41 pm

I know this sort of topic has been made a million times, and I know full disclosure is always the best policy, but what if a school asks a conduct/arrest question in such a way that you can say no to it?

For example, Alabama:

2. Have you ever been charged with or convicted of a crime, including misdemeanors and traffic violations, or is any such charge pending or expected to be brought against you? Do not include parking violations and speeding citations of 20 mph or less over the limit or records that have been sealed or expunged.

or Michigan:

3. Have you ever been convicted of a crime (following a jury or bench trial, a guilty plea, or a nolo contendere plea) including misdemeanors and infractions, but excluding minor traffic violations, or are such criminal charges pending or expected to be brought against you?

Lets say hypothetically I had a charge dropped and my record expunged. Can I say no to these? It seems like disclosure in this case would be detrimental.

These are just two examples, there are other apps out there worded like this.

This might come across as obvious but it is pretty damn important, as the cost of a type II error here is way greater than the cost of a type I error here.

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Re: School Specific Character and Fitness Questions

Postby theadvancededit » Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:11 pm

http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissi ... -fire.aspx

You're better off disclosing it. While you can argue semantics, this is not something you want to come back and haunt you during C&F.




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