Disciplinary Action

Does College Binge Drinking = Happiness?

I started a thread on the College Confidential discussion forum about the purpose of college. Is that purpose education or employment credentials? That contention has inspired some spirited opinions. However, there may be a stealth third option for the purpose of college: fun, and by extension, happiness. Have you ever seen the movie Animal House? ...

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Senior Pranks or Cranks?

High school is over for many seniors across the land, and ending soon for those who aren’t done. One of the more controversial behaviors exhibited by these young men and women who are about to either head to college, the military, or just plain out into “the real world” is the vaunted Senior Prank. Now ...

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Can I Transfer While on Academic Probation?

Question: Can a student transfer while on Academic Probation? I had a LOT of trouble in my first semester of college. Health problems due to a complete change in climate, depression and anxiety problems due to being off my medicine for the first time, and just general trouble and incompatibility with my school as a ...

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Will P.E. Class Punishment Affect College Outcomes?

Question: I have never gotten in trouble but today my P.E teacher has given me detention for having earphones in my ears. I don’t know whether it will become an administrative detention or just a detention from my teacher that doesn’t go on my record. If it does end up becoming an administrative detention does ...

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There’s No “Aye” in Team Suspension

Question: What if your child was suspended from playing volleyball by the coach for “not being a team player”. Would my daughter (10th grader) have to answer the suspension question with “yes”? Does suspension only apply to suspension from school, not sports teams? There’s no “I” in T-E-AM, but there’s also no “aye” in team ...

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Public Service Announcements vs. Drinking

I think we’re all pretty much aware that binge drinking in college (and even high school) is a major concern for parents and school administrators. Unfortunately, it seems as though almost every school year, we read of a senseless death or two related to drinking. Scenes of Animal House Delta fraternity’s pledge activities and general ...

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Will Frosh Honor Code Violation Impact Admission Chances?

Question: I a high school freshman. I have one Honor Code Violation so far. I copied ONE sentence from a classmate on a homework assignment. I don’t intend on getting a second one because I won’t make that mistake again. Does this hurt my chances of applying to Stanford University or New York University? If ...

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Must Sophomore In-School Suspension Be Reported on College Applications?

Question: My child had a one time in-school suspension in 10th grade for playing a computer game during study hall. Should we include it on the college application? Many college applications–including the Common Application–will ask both students and school counselors to indicate if any disciplinary action during high school resulted in suspension. However, an “ISS” ...

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