Forgot to disclose institutional action on AMCAS

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I forgot to state that I had student conduct violations on my primary AMCAS application because I'm an idiot and thought "institutional actions" meant only probation/suspension/etc. Now I'm drafting a letter detailing this and sending it to each school I've applied to. Does this severely hurt my chances at getting interviews and acceptances? Or does coming cleaning about a mistake on the app at least partially rectify this situation?

For reference I have 2 "fire safety violations" (i got caught having a lit candle then incense), having a fake ID at age 20, and then throwing a party senior year 1 week before graduation...none too serious
 

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despite none of your violations being legally actionable crimes, the fact that there are 4 separate incidents certainly does not bode positively for your application.
 
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Did you have any "action" taken against you for these violations? For example, did you have to take a class, online course, etc.? These might make it onto your record.

Things like noise complaints and some other minor offences do not even make it onto paper, and since there's no actual consequence for these things, I don't think they are considered as IA's.

You can check with your school to see what can actually be seen on your record. If there is something visible, then definitely send that follow up letter/email to explain yourself. If not, then I wouldn't worry about it at all.

Good luck.
 

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Are any of these incidents on your transcript and/or your disciplinary/conduct record?
Did you have any "action" taken against you for these violations? For example, did you have to take a class, online course, etc.? These might make it onto your record.

Things like noise complaints and some other minor offences do not even make it onto paper, and since there's no actual consequence for these things, I don't think they are considered as IA's.

You can check with your school to see what can actually be seen on your record. If there is something visible, then definitely send that follow up letter/email to explain yourself. If not, then I wouldn't worry about it at all.

Good luck.

None of these resulted in anything actionable but they are on my student conduct record.

My question is whether these incidents would preclude me from being accepted or interviewed over people with worse stats/ECs/LORs than me?
 
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None of these resulted in anything actionable but they are on my student conduct record.

My question is whether these incidents would preclude me from being accepted or interviewed over people with worse stats/ECs/LORs than me?
Write tot he Admissions Deans and explain.

OWN your transgressions.

Sometimes one has to apply with the app one has, warts and all, and see how the cycle shakes out. If you don't apply, your rejection rate will be 100%.
 

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None of these resulted in anything actionable but they are on my student conduct record.

My question is whether these incidents would preclude me from being accepted or interviewed over people with worse stats/ECs/LORs than me?
All IA's must be reported, even if the school has expunged your record.
The failure to report is a deal-breaker, even if the offenses were not:

"Institutional Action
You must answer Yes to this question if you were ever the recipient of any institutional action resulting from unacceptable academic performance or a conduct violation, even if such action did not interrupt your enrollment or require you to withdraw. You must answer Yes even if the action does not appear on or has been deleted from your official transcripts due to institutional policy or personal petition.

If you answer Yes, you may use the space provided to explain; this space is 1325 characters or approximately one-quarter of a page in length.

If you are not certain whether or not you have been the subject of an institutional action, contact the registrar, student affairs officer, or other appropriate party at the institution for confirmation of your record.

Failure to provide accurate information in answering this question or, if applicable, in completing the form provided by the school, will result in an investigation.

Medical schools require you to answer this question accurately and provide all relevant information. Medical schools understand that many individuals learn from the past and emerge stronger as a result. Full disclosure will enable the medical schools to more effectively evaluate this information within the context of your credentials.

Applicants who become the subject of an institutional action after certifying and submitting the AMCAS application must inform their designated Medical school(s) within ten (10) business days of the date of the occurrence."
https://services.aamc.org/AMCAS2_2015/WebApp/Help/.../Institutional_Action.htm
 
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