Nebraska students who have been accused of academic misconduct, but who know that they did not cheat, plagiarize, or forge documents, can feel safe in the assurance that the misconduct hearing will find them innocent. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens. Appealing the outcome of an academic misconduct hearing that went wrong is an essential part of the process and one of your most important rights as a student. Academic appeal advisor Joseph D. Lento can help you make the most of that right and protect your professional future from a severe stain on your academic record.
You Have a Right to Appeal a Misconduct Hearing in Nebraska
If you have been accused of misconduct, known that you were innocent of the charges, but were still found in violation of your school's code of academic integrity at the misconduct hearing, you have a right to appeal the outcome.
Unfortunately, that right is not absolute and can be difficult to invoke.
The procedures for appealing the outcome of a misconduct hearing depend on your school. Nebraska colleges all have different processes for investigating and hearing academic misconduct allegations, and appealing an adverse outcome at the hearing is no exception. However, many of them set procedural barriers in order to prevent appeals and keep as many cases in a final state after the initial hearing. Overcoming these additional requirements without undermining the strength of your case can take the help of an academic appeal advisor like Joseph D. Lento.
The Necessity of Appealing an Adverse Outcome
Appealing the outcome of an academic misconduct hearing that did not go your way is an essential part of the process of enforcing your rights and interests. Unfortunately, it is often a necessary part of the process because the initial hearing so frequently makes the wrong decision.
Academic misconduct hearings in Nebraska are unreliable for several reasons. The main one, though, is that colleges are more concerned with creating the perception of a fair hearing by making the panel of judges as diverse as possible. While having members of the faculty and even the student body on the hearing panel can make a student accused of misconduct feel like their interests are going to be protected, the downside of a diverse panel is that it is almost guaranteed to be an inexperienced one. Judges chosen not for their skills at hearing cases, but rather for their identity, are far more likely to be swayed by emotional arguments that are ungrounded in facts or accept faulty evidence without considering how trustworthy it is.
Academic Appeal Advisor Joseph D. Lento Helps Students in Nebraska
If you have been found in violation of your college's code of academic integrity, your academic record can suffer a serious blow. Appealing the outcome when you know that you are innocent is critical for preserving your professional future. For students or parents of students in Nebraska, call the law office of student discipline defense lawyer and academic appeal advisor Joseph D. Lento at (888) 535-3686 to or contact him online for the guidance you need.
- Bellevue University
- BryanLGH College of Health Sciences
- Central Community College
- Chadron State College
- Clarkson College
- College of Saint Mary
- Concordia University Seward
- Creighton University
- Doane University
- Grace University
- Hastings College
- ITT Technical Institute Omaha
- Kaplan University Lincoln Campus
- Kaplan University Omaha Campus
- Little Priest Tribal College
- Metropolitan Community College Area
- Mid Plains Community College
- Midland University
- Myotherapy Institute
- Nebraska Christian College
- Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
- Nebraska Indian Community College
- Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health
- Nebraska Wesleyan University
- Northeast Community College
- Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare of Herzing University
- Peru State College
- Southeast Community College Area
- The Creative Center
- Union College
- Universal College of Healing Arts
- University of Nebraska at Kearney
- University of Nebraska at Omaha
- University of Nebraska Lincoln
- University of Phoenix Omaha Campus
- Vatterott College Spring Valley
- Wayne State College
- Western Nebraska Community College
- York College
Regrettably, an academic misconduct finding of responsibility can derail an accused student's academic and professional goals and some students and parents do not recognize this concern until it may be too late. If a student is found responsible for academic misconduct charges, in addition to the short-term consequences such academic and disciplinary sanctions, there will be long-term consequences. Internships, graduate school opportunities, and employment opportunities can all be adversely impacted by a finding of responsibility.
For these reasons and more, it is critical to properly address such concerns as early as possible in the disciplinary process. There are times, however, that it necessary to appeal an adverse outcome, and Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have unparalleled experience passionately fighting for the futures of his clients at universities and colleges in Nebraska and throughout the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as an academic misconduct advisor to students facing disciplinary cases in Nebraska and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected at all stages of the academic misconduct disciplinary process, including the appeal stage - Contact National Academic Misconduct Advisor Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686.