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.
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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.
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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.
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Criminal charges will not affect my employability in the future or my chances of getting into graduate school. False.

The information on my Facebook can only be seen by my friends. Employers will not check it. False.

Employers cannot ask for your password to your Facebook or other social networking site. False.

Plagiarism is not something that can get me dismissed from school. False.

Lying about a criminal record on the FAFSA or admissions applications will improve my chances of getting in or receiving financial aid. False.

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.
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