According to the LA Times, the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy has inspired more vigilance by university admissions officers for undergraduate and graduate programs. Some schools, mostly private, and those 315 schools who make use of the Common Application, have either added or made more probing questions concerning the prior misconduct of the applicants. The Los Angeles Times today printed an article called, "Does a pot bust trump a 4.0 GPA?", which calls attention to this new trend. Obviously schools are hoping to weed out individuals who, according to their criteria, may present undue safety risks.
Those who have plans to apply to college and/or graduate programs should think seriously, and soberly, about how certain behavioral patterns may limit their pursuit of higher education. Those who have suffered arrests for criminal acts, or who have been cited for misconduct by their academic institution, should consider fighting those charges in order to avoid the long term negative impacts. My prior posts concerning how a criminal conviction reduces one's long term earning potential and how such a conviction may even interfere with travel plans may be of interest to persons who are concerned how various forms of misconduct may negatively affect their plans for the future.
If you are facing charges of academic or criminal misconduct, you should speak to a lawyer right away.