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Hi, I applied to Penn State for their bachelors program, but a few days ago they requested a letter of explanation for my criminal offense. This incident occured eight years ago and remains my only offense. I'm not sure how much detail to include about my offense.

Lawyer's Assistant: In what state did this occur?

Florida

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I'm not sure what else I should say.

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What does the request for the explanation ask, specifically?

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Dear Matyida,The Undergraduate Admissions Office has advised the Office of Student Conduct that you answered in the affirmative regarding any previous disciplinary and/or criminal history.Please know that any prior disciplinary and/or criminal history does not automatically preclude you from admission, and the vast majority of applicants are approved for admission consideration. However, we do need to gather information to make a decision. In order to facilitate this inquiry, please provide a written account clarifying the following:The detailed nature of your offense(s).
How it was resolved, either through your previous institution or the court system (sanctions, sentence requirements, contact information for your probation officer / campus conduct officer).
Any counseling, rehabilitation, diversionary, or certificate programs that you successfully completed (please include verification).
Whether you are currently incarcerated, or under supervision by a probation or parole agent.
If suspended or separated from an educational institution, your eligibility to re-enroll.
What you have learned from the incident and your plan of action for the future.A registration hold has been placed on your account until the pre-admission process has been completed through the Office of Student Conduct. If the review is favorable, the hold will be lifted and the admissions process can continue.

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