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HELP! DD just charged with academic misconduct

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  • karen0karen0 142 replies24 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @lookingforward Thank you for some positive words. After going to a pressure cooker high school, part of me is so over DD's drive for super selective colleges and feel relieved on DD's behalf to (maybe) take a different path.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34107 replies377 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Good attitude. My concern is if she's cracking from this mistake, now. And if, for the usual reasons top kids may not get the admits they want, she blames herself for years into the future. That wouldn't be good.

    The worse case is these kids who come on CC and downplay what sure seems to be true cheating, pretending they didn't know and are oh, so sorry, after caught. It will make a difference if the school throws their suport behind her.

    A lot of hs have strict rules. Adcoms know that. Your D will need to briefly explain in the Common App- she can think about the best way to do this.

    My kiddo got accused of plagiarism for a citation the teacher didn't like. (She had quoted her source, in the paragraph above. That second para was a logical continuation.) She was lucky that the head of school agreed and it was dropped.
    Best to you both.
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  • scubadivescubadive 1091 replies3 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    So f she rewrites the paper over the summer the charges on her record disappear?

    I have to agree with the other posters that the punishment does jot fit the error. I would be very concerned about another infraction over another innocent mistake.
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  • wisteria100wisteria100 4203 replies47 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Adding safeties and less selective schools to the list is always a good idea, but I see no reason for her to drop her reaches. If this infraction is really going to be explained as unintentional, then it may not affect her apps at all.
    Did she receive credit for the assignment? How does the charge impact the grade in the class?
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 2942 replies38 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited June 8
    It really will be ok. There are lots of colleges in the country, and she can succeed at any of them. I know it seems awful now, but this too shall pass. I'm glad she can rewrite the paper over the summer. She will have some good options for college and will end up at the right place for her. I agree with the other posters who said to work with the school on getting good letters of recommendation and explaining this as an isolated incident.
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 2942 replies38 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited June 8
    The school can support her while adhering to its standards. It is likely the school has seen this situation before and considered its response from many angles.
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  • scholarmescholarme 2674 replies79 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    If they are offering to take it off if she rewrites the paper that would be a good deal - she learns about consequenc es of procrastination etc etc
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 2942 replies38 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I think they are offering the rewrite so the paper is graded, not to remove the honor charge
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  • scholarmescholarme 2674 replies79 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'd say, get an educ. lawyer snd give him the barebones facts and see if there is a remedy. I am guessing that the OP is not giving the full scoop, which is fine since it is a public forum, but the best way to know your options would be to get counsel and be upfront with them
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  • TS0104TS0104 890 replies26 threadsRegistered User Member
    Goodness! Just wanted to say that my heart goes out to you both. I think that your attitude of "maybe this will work out for the best", as in keeping her out of the Ivy rat race and letting her breathe a little, is wonderful to hear and your DD may feel some relief hearing you say that too. A silver lining may just be that she opens up to lower-tier schools and maybe even finds one that she loves. And yes, you don't want her thinking that her life is ruined for this small mistake, I think you are smart to realize that this is something to help her with. Good luck to both of you!
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  • PublisherPublisher 7976 replies82 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited June 8
    I suspect that there is more to this story. Regardless, this experience may help the student if she ever runs for political office.

    While in high school, I took a class titled Black Literature. I was the only white or non-AA student in the class. The white, ultra-liberal teacher hated that I was in his class. Tried to force me to drop the class by imposing ridiculous grading standards on my written work. For example, I received a full letter grade reduction because I did not include a citation for writing that George Washington was the first President of the United States. (My position, which was permitted in this class, was that this fact was common knowledge.) The others were not graded by the same standard as I was.

    I was the only student to receive a final grade below an "A" for that class.

    As an interesting side note, this teacher's son became a teacher at my son's elite New England boarding school--but as a chemistry, not literature, teacher.
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