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In high school, I got suspended my sophomore year for 2 days for stealing. The situation was that I had went to my 1st period class one day to find a PSP under my desk. I pocketed it and took it to my next class, but I was called down to security and got a referral and suspension for taking it. The administrator said that since I was a nice kid, my suspension would be shortened from 5 to 2 days, and I asked my English teacher then (who was the admistrator's sister) about it. She said it would be fine as it was a minor problem and they don't show up on my transcript.
I am a senior now applying to 4 schools through CommonApp : Stanford, USC, Syracuse, and Lehigh University. I am not asking for opinions on my chances ; I would like to know whether or not if I should answer the disciplinary action question on the CommonApp. It does not show up on my transcript, and I have already applied to UC-Santa Barbara because it did not ask about it. I figured that the best option was to be honest, but sometimes, honesty is not the best policy.