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Disciplinary and background check question [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 04:52
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I am applying to a few top ten b schools. I feel that I am a competitive candidate (over 700 gmat, over 3.2, premed undergrad, division 1 sports, underrepresented minority) but I have a dilemma. In college, I got in trouble for arguing with a security guard after he made a racist comment after I had been out drinking (I was 21 at the time)and had to meet with my coach and dean about it. It was no big deal and my coach recommended some things I do to make sure I have a good senior year and any stipulations were lifted as soon as the season started. The situatuation was handled by my coach and dean so I am back and forth on whether to include this. I do not want to hide it and it come out later, but i also do not want to put myself in a negative light, if I don't have to. The whole situation was handled by my college through my coach and dean and after I began the season playing well, any stipulations (dont be seen at the parties in the on campus apartments, live with another team captain to keep out of trouble) were lifted? Any advice, will this be found on background checks? It occured over six years ago and I have no clue how to handle it.
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Re: Disciplinary and background check question [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 05:52
It is my assumption that what I did in college would not come up in the background check here. (unless of course it was illegal). I was caught drinking underage by the police when I was 19, but I don't feel the need to bring that up anywehre on my application. Will it come up in their background check? Probably because I did receive a summons for it. But I wouldnt expect it to weigh heavily on the admissions committee.

For you, as long as there is no police record of it, then I would sincerely doubt it is an issue.
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Re: Disciplinary and background check question [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 06:08
I mean in reference to any disciplinary action taken against me during time in college because technically I had to do some things for my coach and dean, so this was completely an on campus issue, will this come up on background when they ask about issues at undergrad institution? There may e a record but do they just ask your school your grades, grad dates, and GPA?

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Re: Disciplinary and background check question [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 06:12
I am not sure of what they ask for when it comes to undegraduate background. My assumption to this point would be that you actually went to college where you say you did, that you graduated, and that your transcript accurately reflects the GPA you wrote down on the app.

Anyone out there in school know if they ask for on campus issues? I would sincerely doubt this, but just a guess from me.
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Re: Disciplinary and background check question [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 07:05
My experience of the background check was that it is extremely cursory. I was two cubicles over when my company's CFO took the call from the background-checking firm, and the call lasted maybe 2 minutes. They're really running down the right-most column of your resume to make sure the dates line up. I'm not sure if the academic side of the background check is more thorough, but I'd be surprised if it were. Neither of the people on the two ends of that phone call really has much interest in going too deep: the checker has a stack of names to get through, and the person taking the call has a job to do that's being interrupted.

One thing you could for sure do is simply call up your undergrad institution and ask if they disclose that kind of thing in background checks. I'm sure they have a policy on this, as providing background credentials is literally the primary function that colleges serve once you graduate. (Compare the number of alums to the number of enrolled students at a typical college: undergrad institutions' core business is not teaching, but vouching for people they once taught)
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