Disclosure of Arrests FAQs

What is the Disclosure of Arrest Policy?

The policy requires students to report all felony arrests and other arrests involving violence or the threat of violence within 72 hours of the incident regardless of where it occurs. “Arrests” include any action by court summons, citation, detention or other similar process. Students are not required to disclose arrests that occurred prior to August 25, 2012. The complete policy can be found in the Student Handbook's Student Life Policies section.

Why does the university require disclosure of arrests?

The university wants to address conduct that may represent a risk to safety of the student or others or significant disruption to the campus community. The requirement to disclose arrests helps us become aware of issues that may require prompt intervention.

What arrests do I have to disclose?

Students are required to disclose to the university any criminal process that has begun for them (whether by court summons, citation, detention, or other similar process) regardless of location. Students do not need to disclose misdemeanor offenses that do not involve violence or the threat of violence or minor traffic incidents (e.g., speeding tickets or fender benders) that do not involve serious injury to people or damage to property or arrest for criminal charges.

When do I have to disclose?

Incidents resulting in the commencement of a criminal process must be disclosed within 72 hours of the incident.

How do I disclose?

Students can submit information regarding arrests by submitting the online form.

What will Community Values & Restorative Practices do with the information?

The Director evaluates each disclosure on a case-by-case basis. For issues involving felony charges, representing a threat of safety to the student or others, or posing a risk of significant disruption of the College’s operation, the Director likely will assert authority to address the issue through the Student Conduct process. The factors the Director will consider include, for example, the nature of the alleged behavior leading to arrest, the student's prior conduct and arrest history if any, and how the alleged behavior may impact the community's or the student's welfare. For other instances, a student may be required to meet with a member of the staff to discuss the issue and determine what further action, if any, is needed, and the staff member may make referrals to resources.

What will appear on my record?

The office will keep a copy of the arrest disclosure on file for internal use until the student graduates from William & Mary. Arrests will not be disclosed to entities outside the university unless the student is found responsible for a violation of our College Code of Conduct or Honor Code. At that point, the arrest record will become part of the student’s disciplinary record and be bound by the disclosure policies associated with these records as found on the Registrar’s website.

What happens if I fail to disclose?

Students who fail to disclose an arrest within 72 hours face possible discipline ranging from a warning to permanent dismissal depending on the circumstances. If disciplinary action normally would result from the conduct leading to arrest, then the failure to disclose will lead to more severe consequences than would have been the case following timely disclosure.