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 College require disclosure of arrests?

The College wants to protect the safety of its students and other community members. 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 College 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 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 filling out a paper form in the Office of Student Conduct (107 Campus Center) or by submitting the online form.

What will the Dean of Students do with the information?

The Dean will evaluate each disclosure on a case-by-case basis, usually finding no need to take any further action. In some instances, a student will be required to meet with a member of the staff to discuss the issue and determine what further action, if any, is needed. For issues that involve felony charges, represent a threat of safety to the student or others or a risk of significant disruption of the College’s operation, the Dean may move to resolve the issue hrough the Student Conduct process. The factors the Dean 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 impacts the community's or the student's welfare.

What will appear on my record?

The Dean’s office likely 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 College 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

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.