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Waive my right?

subzerosubzero Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2011 in College Admissions
You waive your right to access below, regardless of the institution to which it is sent:
-Yes, I do waive my right to access, and I understand I will never see this form or any other recommendations submitted by me or on my behalf.
-No, I do not waive my right to access, and I may someday choose to see this form or any other recommendations or supporting documents submitted by me or on my behalf to the institution at which I'm enrolling, if that institution saves them after I matriculate.

Does it matter which option I pick on the CommonApp? Honestly, I wouldn't mind reading recommendation letters, but if it looks better to waive my right, no biggie.
Also, who can see what I picked for this, teachers, colleges,etc?
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Replies to: Waive my right?

  • STEPHWONGSTEPHWONG Posts: 84Registered User Junior Member
    Yes, I do waive my right to access, and I understand I will never see this form or any other recommendations submitted by me or on my behalf.

    My English teacher told me to say yes because that means you trust the recommender. If your teacher sees that you do not waive the right they might not write it because you don't trust them enough to write a recommendation for you.
  • beoleinbeolein Posts: 645Registered User Member
    Waive your access. Otherwise, the college will know you had the opportunity to change the recommendation, forge a copy) or hold back a bad recommendation.
  • ChedvaChedva Posts: 19,141Super Moderator Senior Member
    beolein, that's not the issue; you wouldn't have that opportunity anyway.

    The issue is that people are more likely to be honest in their evaluations of you if you waive the opportunity to walk into the college's admissions office and demand to see the letters. By law, you have that right. You give it up so that colleges will trust your recommenders' statements.

    Please note the waiver does not mean that you cannot see the letters. A recommender can still voluntarily give them to you for your review, comments, or records.

    You simply cannot demand to see them as a matter of right.
  • Roma1231Roma1231 Posts: 60User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    If you waive your rights, then you will never be able to see your recommendations.

    If you do not waive your rights, then you will be able to see your recommendations AFTER you marticulate from that school, meaning after you graduate from the college to where the letters were sent.

    However, if you want to see what your teachers said, you can ask them to send you a copy of the letter before they submit it to common app.
  • Andover05Andover05 Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    You MUST waive your right. Otherwise, schools won't believe that the recommendations are honest. I'm serious. Just because there's technically an option to not waive it doesn't mean it's at all advisable to not waive your right. Some teachers choose to send you a copy of their recommendation regardless, but you MUST waive your right on the application.
  • SikorskySikorsky Posts: 5,851Registered User Senior Member
    If you do not waive your rights, then you will be able to see your recommendations AFTER you marticulate from that school, meaning after you graduate from the college to where the letters were sent.

    Not quite; you have the right to view your educational records after you enroll in a college or university.

    But the main point is, you should waive your right to see your recommendations. There's rarely as much consensus about any topic on CC as there is about this one.
  • Roma1231Roma1231 Posts: 60User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    ^^ Quite so.
    From the Common App Support Team:

    "Thank you for contacting the Support Team.

    As stated in the FERPA agreement, access to your recommendations will only be granted after you matriculate from the institution to which you end up enrolling in. What that means is that you will be not able to see your recommendations until after you graduate from college.


    Again, thank you for contacting us; please do so again if you need additional assistance.

    Regards,

    The Support Team"
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