Common App disciplinary policy changes

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From the Sept. 9 print edition

Juliette Deutsch, staff writer

There have been changes to the Beverly Hills Unified School District and high school administration policy regarding the disclosure of student disciplinary information to universities through the Common Application. This new disciplinary policy states that counselors as well as staff members, have the option of whether or not to disclose a student’s conduct record in his or her college admission process.

This policy, which was initially recommended by the school board, stated that counselors and administration refrain from giving out student conduct information. Counselors are instructed to respond to questions regarding student disciplinary statuses on the Common App by simply stating that “school policy prevents me from responding.”

Though this policy was meant to aid students, many students have contradicting views on this policy.

“I think that the punishment should match the crime,” ASB President Leili Hashemi said. “Depending on how severe the action was and depending on the suspension, it should show up on the Common Application.”

Similarly, senior Tori Hertz believes that the new policy is unfair to students who do not have a flawed conduct record.

“It is unfair to those of us who have worked hard. If someone violated a school rule or was suspended, that should show up on the Common App,” Hertz said.

A 2008 study of secondary school policies by the National Association for College Admission found that 38 percent of secondary schools do not disclose secondary school disciplinary records to colleges, and records are only disclosed in some cases.

According to Assistant Principal Toni Staser, the issue of the disciplinary action arose when the administration noticed that “[they] did not have a policy on how issues on the common app were reported. This policy cleared the air and made things more consistent.”

The goal of this change is to help counselors and students with the college admission process, and clear any confusions that might have occurred from students and administrators.

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