Interesting Discussion Alert: What Happens if You Lie on an Application?

What happens if you lie on your application?  We found out one possible answer recently, when it emerged that UCLA’s MBA program has rejected 52 applicants already this year for plagiarizing their admissions essays.  BusinessWeek reported that nearly 20 other business schools are using the same software that allowed UCLA to root out the plagiarized essays.

Another answer comes from a discussion on Q&A site Quora, where users are talking about what happens if you lie about your ethnicity.

Some students who had made an honest mistake and received scholarship money as a result wrote that they had to give up the scholarship once they admitted the error.  Kara Jo Humphrey, who is an admission counselor at Truman University, wrote that the consequences can be worse if you lie on purpose and are discovered:

Most applications for admission have a clause that states something like the following: “My signature indicates that the information in this application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. If inaccuracies are detected, I accept that the consequence could be: 1) automatic dismissal of my application for admission, or 2) automatic dismissal from admission to or enrollment at this institution.” That’s not word for word from any application I have on hand, but just a paraphrasing of what one might see on an app.

If an outright lie is detected, a student would have already already agreed through signing the application for admission that they accept the grounds for dismissal from the institution and the inability to participate in any and all other privileges that go along with attendance. Other consequences may bar them from ever applying/being accepted to attend the school at a later date. Any possible criminal activity may be investigated by local authorities.