« on: October 06, 2004, 12:49:36 PM »
I have an odd situation that I would like some advice on. When I was a 2nd year, I was charged with academic misconduct. The actual situation is not quite what would be expected. During a test I noticed one of the schools top athletes copying from my exam, and the next day I met with the professor and informed him of this. However, due to the very strict guidelines my university has regarding academic dishonesty, I was found guilty for assisting a cheater because I admitted that I noticed him doing it during the test and didn't stop it then. I cooperated with the acadmic affairs committe throughout, but I got shafted by the letter of the law in the end. The woman in charge of academic affairs for my school is writing me a letter of rec attesting to this. However, the fact remains that I have still have an academic misconduct ruling on my record. I received an F for this class on my transcript, which has lowered my GPA to a 3.74.
I feel obligated to report this on all of my applications, although I am afraid this will severely hurt my chances. I have a 3.92 GPA with this class not counted (as will appear on my transcript at the end of this semester), with majors in Computer Engineering and Economics, and a minor in math. I have an lsat of 167. However, the applications I sent out will show the GPA of 3.74.
I am going to write an addendum discussing how this happened, accompanied by the letter of rec. I'm trying for Top 10 schools, specifically Stanford and Harvard.
Any thoughts / advice? Just out of *sheer* curiosity, what would be the effects of not mentioning this on my applications.