Alcohol Citation Addendum

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almaz
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Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby almaz » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:20 am

On December 4th, 2010 I was cited for two alcohol related offenses in a (University) dorm room. I pled guilty to one charge, Alcohol A.1, related to underage possession of alcohol. I pled, and was later found, not guilty of the other charge, Alcohol B.1, related to participation in a drinking game. My punishment included completing five hours of community service and constructing an alcohol awareness poster to be hung in the dorm hallway. I have lived on campus ever since and have not received another citation of any kind.



Did I include too much detail about the charges and should I include anything about learning from the experience???



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Almaz

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IgosduIkana
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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby IgosduIkana » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:45 am

Looks concise and informational to me. Wait for some other folks to confirm this as well.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby almaz » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:26 am

I am thinking about adding a sentence that says, " I have taken full responsibility for my actions and regret my decision," before the last sentence.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby Gungnir » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:43 am

almaz wrote:I am thinking about adding a sentence that says, " I have taken full responsibility for my actions and regret my decision," before the last sentence.


I would stick to the facts and leave that out. It might come off as insincere, and adcomms don't care about minor alcohol violations like this.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby Pete Venkman » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:49 am

Yeah they probably won't care. Are these actual laws or some kind of University policy infractions? Using words like "charge" and "plead guilty" strikes me as making this sound more serious than it is, but maybe its accurate.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby YYZ » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:43 am

Revised:

On December 4th, 2010 I was cited for two alcohol related offenses in a (University) dorm room (underage possession & _________). I have had no alcohol related offenses since then.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby midwest17 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:47 am

What kind of school has a special rule for punishing drinking games?

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby bp shinners » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:47 pm

midwest17 wrote:What kind of school has a special rule for punishing drinking games?


A pretty large number of them by now, actually. It's a way to combat binge drinking.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby blameitonbuddy » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:57 pm

bp shinners wrote:
midwest17 wrote:What kind of school has a special rule for punishing drinking games?


A pretty large number of them by now, actually. It's a way to combat binge drinking.



And fun...

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IgosduIkana
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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby IgosduIkana » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:08 pm

blameitonbuddy wrote:
bp shinners wrote:
midwest17 wrote:What kind of school has a special rule for punishing drinking games?


A pretty large number of them by now, actually. It's a way to combat binge drinking.



And fun...


Funsuckers these old geezers are.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby TheSpanishMain » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:13 am

Gungnir wrote:
almaz wrote:I am thinking about adding a sentence that says, " I have taken full responsibility for my actions and regret my decision," before the last sentence.


I would stick to the facts and leave that out. It might come off as insincere, and adcomms don't care about minor alcohol violations like this.


I think it would definitely sound insincere. The vast majority of people wouldn't say you did anything immoral, and saying how contrite you are would look forced. I think what you wrote originally is fine, minus the legal "charged" and "pled guilty" language. Make it clear that you were punished under the university system and there was no actual police involvement.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby 2014 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:02 pm

I went back and looked at mine for similar circumstances and I included the following:

"It was a mistake to hold myself above the rules that I had agreed to follow, and I regret the decision as it does not appropriately reflect my character or my choices."


Probably doesn't come off as entirely sincere but I think the risk is without including it you come off as dismissive.
Ultimately I doubt it matters though, do whatever you feel best about.

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Re: Alcohol Citation Addendum

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:36 pm

2014 wrote:I went back and looked at mine for similar circumstances and I included the following:

"It was a mistake to hold myself above the rules that I had agreed to follow, and I regret the decision as it does not appropriately reflect my character or my choices."


Probably doesn't come off as entirely sincere but I think the risk is without including it you come off as dismissive.
Ultimately I doubt it matters though, do whatever you feel best about.

I don't think leaving out the false contrition makes you look "dismissive" when the infraction is something so minor. I think it's pretty well accepted that a little bit of naughty drinking is fine--even expected--and as long as there's not a pattern of getting caught or doing spectacularly stupid things, you don't need to say anything beyond the bare facts.




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