Colleges Take A Step Toward Including Sexual Assault Punishments On Transcripts

Most colleges and universities do not note on academic transcripts if students have been suspended or expelled for serious misbehavior, such as sexual assault, physical violence, theft or drug use, according to a new survey.

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers has recommended for two decades that school keep track of information about students' disciplinary actions, but not include it on academic transcripts. The professional organization's latest survey indicates that schools have heeded AACRAO's advice. 

Ninety-five percent of respondents said their school excludes minor disciplinary violations from academic transcripts and 85 percent said they do not include a student's "ineligibility to re-enroll due to major disciplinary violations." However, 40 percent of respondents said they believe academic transcripts should mention if a student is not able to re-enroll due a major disciplinary violation.

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