True or False Answers
An underage alcohol citation will not affect my future. False.
- In Ohio, underage drinking or possession of alcohol is a first degree misdemeanor.
- A first degree misdemeanor is the most serious misdemeanor in Ohio.
- First degree misdemeanors carry a sentence up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. This will affect your immediate future.
- Beyond the immediate future, you will have to indicate that you have a criminal record on employment applications, unless you have your case expunged.
- Source, and for more information, visit http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4301.69.
A citation for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia has no effect on my financial aid. False.
- According to a 2006 USA TODAY study, the Department of Education cites that one in every 400 students applying for federal aid for college is rejected due to a drug conviction.
- The same study cites that a student convicted for drug possession is ineligible for federal financial aid for one year after a first offense. After three offenses, a student is ineligible for federal financial aid indefinitely.
- Source: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-16-drugs-students_x.htm.
Anyone can view a criminal record online. True.
- In Ohio, criminal records are available through Sherriff’s offices in the county in which someone resides.
- Employers, friends, and family can all view your criminal records in the state of Ohio.
- Source: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/background_check.stm
Criminal charges will not affect my employability in the future or my chances of getting into graduate school. False.
- Many employers and graduate schools check criminal records.
- If you lie about your criminal record, you can be terminated even after you’re hired if your employer finds out.
- Source: http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/laborlaws/a/criminal_record_2.htm
The information on my Facebook can only be seen by my friends. Employers will not check it. False.
- Employers regularly check prospective applicants’ Facebook pages.
- According to one study, 56% of employers check applicants’ social media sites.
- Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/56-of-employers-check-applicants-facebook-linkedin-twitter/7446.
Employers cannot ask for your password to your Facebook or other social networking site. False.
- Companies in Ohio may ask you to pull up your Facebook before, during or after your interview.
- There are no regulations in place that prohibit employers from doing this, except in Maryland.
- Source: http://mashable.com/2012/04/08/employer-facebook-password/?utm_source=iphoneapp
Plagiarism is not something that can get me dismissed from school. False.
- Kent State expects students to uphold the highest level of integrity.
- Plagiarism cases may go to an Academic Hearing Panel, where the possibility of being dismissed from Kent State exists.
- Source: http://www.kent.edu/academics/resources/plagiarism/Information-for-Students/index.cfm
Lying about a criminal record on the FAFSA or admissions applications will improve my chances of getting in or receiving financial aid. False.
- Having a criminal record may not prevent you from getting into college. However, it can affect your ability to get student loans.
- The penalties for lying are severe. According to an eHow article, “Financial aid administrators are obligated to notify the US Department of Education when they encounter cases of fraud. If they don't, their school is held liable when the US Department of Education audits them. Every school verifies the FAFSAs of at least one-third of their students, and some schools verify 100% of the financial aid applications.”
- Sources: How to Get Into College With a Criminal Past | eHow.com; http://www.ehow.com/how_6012369_college-criminal-past.html#ixzz28iEjZNJ4; http://www.finaid.org/fafsa/maximize.phtml.
Drinking off campus is much safer than drinking in the residence halls because you can’t get in trouble. False.
- According to Kent State University’s Office of Student Conduct website, “University rules and regulations form parameters for individual behavior on and off campus, and follow the normative standards of behavior adhered to by the City of Kent and Kent State University communities.”
- The Office of Student Conduct processes and hears cases related to behavior that occurs off-campus.
- Source: http://www.kent.edu/emsa/studentconduct/index.cfm.