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Felony Affecting Admissions..

Variance2004Variance2004 Posts: 802- Member
edited April 2005 in College Admissions
This is just a general question, obviously not relating to me..

I heard of a guy that got rejected from most of his schools because he had a minor felony on his record... He had high GPA and SAT, and great SAT..

According to the source, he mooned "someone" while he was drunk..
and was charged with:

Indecent Exposure = Felony in his State (But didnt survive any jail time)
and
Underage Drinking = Misdemeanor (had to do community service)


Do colleges typically forgive these types of stupid things??
Or does 1 stupid thing ruin the persons chances for decent colleges..

I heard that he had to go to a community college just because of that..
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Replies to: Felony Affecting Admissions..

  • Variance2004Variance2004 Posts: 802- Member
    Would a misdemeanor reckless driving offense (driving over 20 miles/ hour over the speed limit) affect admissions??
  • Variance2004Variance2004 Posts: 802- Member
    How much does a misdemeanor hurt, and how much does a felony hurt???
    Does the fine amount for misdemeanor and jail time for felony matter when applying to college.. (jw)
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    Indecent exposure isn't considered a minor felony. Even if he explained what happened, colleges wouldn't know if what he said was true. Even if they believed him, his offense was not something that most adults in an administration would take lightly.

    In addition, for all the colleges know, he could have been a flasher, and colleges would not want to invite such a person onto their campus.

    Many colleges also would be concerned about the underaged drinking, but the indecent exposure would probably lead to rejections from all colleges except those that are open admission.
  • ScipioScipio Posts: 7,803Super Moderator Senior Member
    Indecent exposure will get you on the list of registered sex offenders in many states. Your name and address will end up on those internet databases as a warning to others, so they can avoid you and keep their kids away. It's not trivial.
  • hailfromcalihailfromcali Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    reckless driving shouldn't affect too mcuh. guy in our school with that got in LA / CAL.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    Reckless driving, though, could interfere with one's getting a job or internship. I heard of a college student in his twenties who was turned down for an internship because of having a speeding ticket. I think that's because the student would have had to drive a company car to assignments as part of his job (which was a professional job, not a job as a driver), and there were insurance liability issues.
  • porcupyneporcupyne Posts: 153Registered User Junior Member
    if these offenses were done as a juvenile, then the records might be sealed (depends on the state?). if that's the case, i doubt any school can find out.
  • bettinabettina Posts: 1,236Registered User Senior Member
    Felony convictions are very serious. There is no such thing as a 'minor' felony. He should have vigorously fought the charge if his story is true. High school students should take a lesson from this that everything matters. To be drunk and running around pulling stunts can have serious consequences. If you get arrested, you are on a fast track where you can get very shafted. To avoid behavior that can get you arrested should be a high priority. You just turned your life over to an insane and inane system. It will be expensive and painful. Far better to discover your own honor code and live with it.

    SAT and gpa will matter very little with this on your record. Many schools actively seek community members that will enhance the experience of their peers above and beyond academic performance.
  • Variance2004Variance2004 Posts: 802- Member
    I do not get why something as small as that can be a felony (crime punishable by jail time) in some states... and can ruin a person's future for next 2 years, forcing him to go to community college..

    many teens do that kind of stuff around here and its just considered a senior prank, etc..

    i cant believe u get the same maximum penalty for showing your butt out of the window and serious crimes such as assualt, aggrevated battery, manslaughter (depends on degree), etc.....

    the USA has the most messed up judicial system
  • Dave_BerryDave_Berry Posts: 33,411CC Admissions Expert Senior Member
    Mooning someone is one of the most trivial things you can do, if you ask me. Hell, when my brother was at Harvard he went streaking through the yard with either his entire house or cross country team. Bottom line is this should not effect someone's future in the slightest.
  • thethoughtprocessthethoughtprocess Posts: 4,167Registered User Senior Member
    was he tried for indecent exposure or sexual harassment?
  • Variance2004Variance2004 Posts: 802- Member
    not sure.. indecent i think
  • Variance2004Variance2004 Posts: 802- Member
    is sexual harrasment a felony??
  • Dru2k5Dru2k5 Posts: 273Registered User Junior Member
    Most of this depends on the state....which state is your buddy from?
  • Variance2004Variance2004 Posts: 802- Member
    dont know.. read an article about him..
    i dont kno him...
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