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Violated an honor code in middle school. Should I explain this on my college application?

incompletenamincompletenam Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
"Have you ever violated an honor code, been dismissed or suspended from school, put on probation, or subjected to any legal disciplinary action?"
I have received two citations in my life. The one from elementary school, I went to the bathroom with no permission and my teacher got mad. The one from middle school, I made a mess in art class, the dismissal bell rung, and I left without completely cleaning up my mess. They're stupid, yes, but I technically still violated an honor code and received punishment. Do I still put this on my college application?

Replies to: Violated an honor code in middle school. Should I explain this on my college application?

  • ski_racerski_racer Registered User Posts: 247 Junior Member
    Was the punishment suspension or probation?
  • incompletenamincompletenam Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    @ski_racer I received citations. Some people call them referrals. It's just a document they keep that says you got in trouble.
  • Otter517Otter517 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    Does your record even extend that far back? I thought that colleges didn't care how you were in middle and elementary ad long as you were good and successful in high school
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 31,342 Super Moderator
    I wouldn't mention it since it happened before high school. Don't sweat it.
  • suzy100suzy100 Registered User Posts: 4,217 Senior Member
  • writer80writer80 Registered User Posts: 843 Member
    I agree with @MaineLonghorn I got a one-day lunch detention due to being involved in a verbal debate on the school bus. Since it was the last week of school and my record had been 100% perfectly clean before the incident, the lesson I learned is to 1.) think before you speak and 2.) I saw someone's true colors and that ultimately lead me to end our friendship, as they reported it to get attention, and because I lost all trust in them. So yes if it happened before high school, forget about it and move on because you were only like 10-13, not 18 and making childish choices. Best of luck to you! :)
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,569 Senior Member
    edited August 13
    Pays to read the actual question.

    “Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational institution you have attended from the 9th grade (or the international equivalent) forward, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in a disciplinary action?

    See if your school even reports hs discipline. Some don't, per their policies.
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