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I applied to Penn State for their bachelors program, but a

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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.
JA: In what state did this occur?
Customer: Florida
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I'm not sure what else I should say.

What does the request for the explanation ask, specifically?

Can you give me the text of the question?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
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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ANSWER: The issue about the amount of detail is not something I can answer, with any specificity. In my professional opinion, when someone asks questions, I answer the questions about the facts with as little opinion as possible and take the opportunity to give a longer narrative when they ask questions that do not have an objective right or wrong answer.

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