Suspensions and Discipline:
Comments from Alyssa Sinclair
by Alyssa Sinclair, Assistant Director, and the Middlebury College admissions staff
"Have you ever been dismissed or suspended from a school? If so, please send a detailed explanation on a separate page with your application." This is a request made by Middlebury College to each applicant for admission, and many other colleges ask a similar question. For some students it is as easy as placing an "x" on the line indicating a negative response. For others, who must place their cursor in the space next to "Yes," this question looms large. Students with a blemish on their disciplinary record wonder how much an affirmative answer will influence the deliberations of the admissions committee. They and their parents agonize over how much to tell and in what manner. The shortest and most straightforward advice we can offer is to tell the truth and tell it completely.