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Criminal offense/Misdemeanor Disclosure

chigirl99chigirl99 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
If an applicant does not disclose a misdemeanor they are facing when asked in an application, how could a college find out? Do colleges generally only do background checks when there is a legitimate reason to be suspicious?

Replies to: Criminal offense/Misdemeanor Disclosure

  • aoeuidhtnsaoeuidhtns Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    Schools typically employ a third-party company to do background checks on a random selection of their incoming class. Honestly, I would disclose it if you're applying to one of the elite institutions. It's likely to come out one way or another during the junior/senior year recruiting process.
  • KKmamaKKmama Registered User Posts: 2,760 Senior Member
    No one on this board is going to advise you on how to commit fraud. You sign a statement on your application affirming that you are being truthful.
  • memmom2018memmom2018 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Aren't you innocent until proven guilty?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,891 Super Moderator
    Aren't you innocent until proven guilty?
    For the Common App, at least, it only asks for those cases when proven guilty.
    Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony? Note that you are not required to answer "yes" to this question, or provide an explanation, if the criminal adjudication or conviction has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise required by law or ordered by a court to be kept confidential.
    Regardless, the applicant is given an opportunity to explain. With all that said, one should still answer the question truthfully.
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