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# Waive right to access recommendations?

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09 Nov 2006, 20:34
What is the appropiate response to this question?
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09 Nov 2006, 20:36
The conventional wisdom is that the authors will give a more objective evaluation of your weaknesses if you waive your right to access the LOR.
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09 Nov 2006, 20:37
The appropriate response is always to waive.
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09 Nov 2006, 20:46
Is this because the adcomm will see you waived your right and judge the recs better?
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09 Nov 2006, 20:48
homefry wrote:
Is this because the adcomm will see you waived your right and judge the recs better?

In theory. Most adcoms say they don't care. I don't believe them. I think it lends credence to the argument that your recs are honest and truthful.
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09 Nov 2006, 21:27
Do the recommenders see that you waived your rights?
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09 Nov 2006, 21:28
homefry wrote:
Do the recommenders see that you waived your rights?

Yes, I think so.
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09 Nov 2006, 21:29
rhyme wrote:
homefry wrote:
Do the recommenders see that you waived your rights?

Yes, I think so.

You're fast.
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09 Nov 2006, 21:36
homefry wrote:
rhyme wrote:
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Do the recommenders see that you waived your rights?

Yes, I think so.

You're fast.

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09 Nov 2006, 22:21
OH SHOOT -> I clicked on I dont waive my right to access the recs!

Is that bad? Now I am worrieD!
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10 Nov 2006, 02:34
I did not waive the right for any of the 3 apps that I made in R1.
Rhyme might be right, but I do not think that it is absolutely crucial to show "good faith" on this minor issue.
Anyway, I will only have the right to see the recos if and when I am admitted. So, if the reco is bad and I am not admitted I will not have the chance to see it and will not know that I failed because of the poor reco... hence, no worries about the objectivity of the recommenders
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10 Nov 2006, 04:54
willget800 wrote:
OH SHOOT -> I clicked on I dont waive my right to access the recs!

Is that bad? Now I am worrieD!

Its not a big deal.
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10 Nov 2006, 06:52
Always waive... It gives the impression that the recommender is not being swayed by the pressure of your oversight. It gives the impression of an objective and impartial recommendation. Top schools want to see that you waived. Don't you guys remember all those "sealed and signed" envelopes from college apps?
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10 Nov 2006, 07:07
Mark4124 wrote:
Always waive... It gives the impression that the recommender is not being swayed by the pressure of your oversight. It gives the impression of an objective and impartial recommendation. Top schools want to see that you waived. Don't you guys remember all those "sealed and signed" envelopes from college apps?

Let me disagree. Envelope should be sealed and stamped so as to prevent tampering with the documents.
Waiving or not waiving the right to review the reco upon the admission is my right by law.
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10 Nov 2006, 09:27
I disagree. Don't most (or at least many) recommenders show you their recommendations before they submit them anyway if for no other reason than to ask you to verify that they didn't leave anything out?

It's difficult for me to believe that the Admissions Committee would assume that a recommendation is not objective (or less objective) just because someone chose to not waive access, or that a recommendation is objective (or more objective) solely because someone chose to waive access.

The Admissions Committee must be more sophisticated than that. After reading hundreds of recommendations each year, they've probably gotten to the point that they can tell right away whether a recommendation is objective based on the substance of the recommendation.
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06 Oct 2014, 04:38
I think it would be helpful to the readers if I posted my conversations with Tuck adcom on the matter.

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neo656 (applying to Tuck Round 1) commented on Tuck (view comment thread)
Hi Guys
Any clue what would be the effect on my candidacy if I do not waive off my right to to see the recommendation? Does it even matter to Tuck adcom or not?

Hi neo656 - By not waiving your right, it might raise a question that you had a hand in writing your own recommendation. The majority of applicants DO waive their right to see their LOR.

neo656 (applying to Tuck Round 1) replied
Thanks for the advice! Good for me I waived off the right in second reco too.
But I am confused, because a curious person who has not seen his LOR or had a hand in writing it might be tempted to see it and hence waiver right shouldn't raise a red flag. Regardless, your advice comes in a good time. I'll post it on the other forums too.
Cheers

I know it's tempting! While we do like to give people the benefit of the doubt, it's important to be cautious. Additionally, if your recommender knows you'll see the letter, they may be less inclined to be as candid as they would be knowing it was private. Thanks for the question!

neo656 (applying to Tuck Round 1) replied

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15 Feb 2016, 16:38
I would definitely waive your right to see the recommendation. Why would you not do it? Once the letter of recommendation has been submitted, there is no pulling it back. So even if you saw it and didn't like it, you couldn't do anything with the school to make it better. Sure, you could talk with your recommender, but what would that do for you? Possibly just fracture a relationship. So what value does seeing the letter after it is submitted hold for you other than to "know" what is said?
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