Wyoming Academic Appeal Advisor

Every college and university in Wyoming has its own set of rules impose academic integrity. Obviously, these rules vary depending on the school, but at the core of each policy, schools promote honesty and responsibility in all scholarly endeavors.

When an institution suspects that you have somehow violated its academic integrity policy, you will be required to undergo what's known as the disciplinary process. It generally entails an investigation and/or hearing to determine if you are “responsible” for the committing the misconduct you were accused of.

If your school happens to determine that you're responsible for academic misconduct, here's some good news: you have the right to appeal. I've provided all the information you need to know about academic appeals and the appeals process. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact the Lento Law Firm today.

What is an Academic Appeal?

An appeal is a letter that contests the validity of a school's adverse disciplinary decision. When an appeal is filed, a panel is responsible for reviewing the initial decision and your reason for why this decision is unjust. Then they will conduct a hearing to ultimately decide if there is a valid reason to affirm your appeal and reverse or reform the decision.

When is it Appropriate to Appeal?

You should appeal if you genuinely believe that you didn't do what you were accused of. I've taken on the role of an appeal advisor for a number of students, and I can attest to the fact that a minor misunderstanding or misjudgment can turn into a serious problem for students. From faulty plagiarism detection software to group projects gone wrong, I can assure you that innocent students get accused of academic misconduct all the time. You shouldn't be labeled a cheater for something you didn't do. This is why the appeals process exists.

Another reason to appeal is if you feel your sanction is too harsh. The severity of a sanction should be proportionate to the action you committed.

You should not appeal if you have admitted guilt in any form or fashion to the school. If your reason for appealing is to give the panel an explanation as to why you committed academic misconduct, your appeal will fall on deaf ears. Being unhappy with a determination isn't enough to justify an appeal in the eyes of an appeals panel. An element of injustice must be involved.

Here are some other reasons for appealing that won't be relevant to the panel:

  • You were under stress when the incident occurred
  • You did not realize you were violating your school's policies
  • Other students did what you did, but didn't get caught
  • Your professor didn't tell you it was against school policy

Overall, the appeals process only concerns whether the violation occurred, not why it occurred.

There are many perks to getting an attorney to guide you through this process. If you aren't confident in your writing skills or don't know where to start, you can communicate your ideas to an attorney. They can craft an appeal that is clear, concise, and detailed and that describes your account of events convincingly. This will maximize the chances of your appeal being granted.

Wisconsin Academic Appeal Advisor

Being falsely accused of academic misconduct can throw a wrench in your plans to graduate. When your college or university makes a decision that hinders your academic progress, you have every right to appeal. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has successfully helped a wide range of students in all stages of their educational journey prevail in the appeals process. Contact him today to get back on track.

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact our offices today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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