Revised College Common Application. Requests Student Disciplinary Records - February, 2007

This fall, the question of disciplinary history was added to the college common application. Recognizing that such requests may infringe on student privacy rights, this advisory will serve as a reference on how schools may reconcile the privacy rights of its students with the requests of colleges and universities. Schools should not respond to these requests unless they have received from a student or parent “specific, informed consent.”

College applicants are often told that constructing the perfect application will serve as the gateway to future success and happiness; thus, concerns about grades, extra-curricular activities and teacher recommendations can take a toll on an adolescent. In addition to these factors, college applicants are now being asked to disclose their disciplinary history. Read More >>

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