The Common Application asks students whether they’ve been subject to disciplinary action at their school (e.g., suspended, expelled) or found guilty of a crime.
If you have an infraction on your record, you should definitely own up to it on the Common App.
If the infraction has been removed, however, the situation is a little less clear.
The Common App clearly states that you are not required to reveal to anything that “has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise ordered by a court to be kept confidential.”
However, admissions officers consistently tell students to disclose everything. If you omit an incident that they later discover, you will probably be denied admission.
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