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I am a senior applying to USC. I am rank 1 of our school and have sat composite 2390 and will be publishing a research paper with a prof this winter.
I thought I had no huge worries until I got a referral last month b/c my friends and I were sharing answers on a homework assignment. My teacher (very uptight) took this as "serious cheating" and gave just two of us referrals- me and another friend.
My grade in the class is dropped by a whole letter grade and I got a referral (basically a "warning" for those of you who don't know) that says I had cheated once- for them to keep a record I guess, in case I do it again. Which I never will. I regret what I did very much.
Without further details, I was wondering how to answer that question on USC app:
Beginning in 9th grade, have you ever been judged responsible for academic or behavioral misconduct that led to disciplinary action against you, and/or your suspension, removal or expulsion from any educational institution?
Well, what really is "disciplinary action against you"? Does a referral count? I wasn't suspended or anything- just a referral. I don't know whether I should check off yes or no for this; can someone clarify for me?
I know that on common app, the wording makes it so that I DO NOT need to check of yes- I can honestly say "no" since I wasn't suspended/expelled b/c of this. But USC includes that "disciplinary action" as one of options that could have happened, and could that mean like, a referral??