You or your loved one worked hard to open doors and earn your place, and being accused of academic misconduct can feel like a devastating blow. You must of course understand what is at stake - namely, your or your loved one's academic and professional goals - but if addressed effectively, all is not lost.
Whether an academic misconduct case involves plagiarism, online cheating, unauthorized collaboration, or any other academic dishonesty or academic integrity charge, you must take the necessary steps both before engaging in any dialogue with the school or other parties, and as importantly, at every step of the way until the case is resolved.
Fundamentally, you must understand: 1) what is at stake; 2) the process regarding how your case will be addressed and decided; and 3) that, regrettable as it may be, you cannot depend on your school to recognize and protect your rights and interests. Accordingly, you have to be proactive in understanding the path forward and also what steps need to be taken in an effort to ensure a fair process and a favorable outcome when accused of academic misconduct or academic dishonesty.
With that in mind, the following links will take you to frequently asked questions which will help accused students and their parents through what can be the most challenging time in their lives. Remember that you are not alone, and under no circumstances should you go it alone.
Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped countless clients facing the same and similar concerns at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States and he can help you. Contact the Lento Law Firm today for help at 888-535-3686.
Academic Misconduct Frequently Asked Questions
- A disability made it impossible to complete coursework and now I am facing academic sanctions. How can I clear the record?
- A professor accused me of sharing an assignment with another student. What can I do to prove my innocence?
- A professor gave unclear instructions, which I tried to follow but I misunderstood, and now am accused of cheating. What can I do?
- Can an academic disciplinary record prevent me from being accepted to certain colleges or graduate programs?
- I completed my roommate's assignment for them, and now I am getting in trouble. Why? What can I do about it?
- I got caught with a copy of a completed exam before the actual test. What can the professor and university do to me?
- I have been accused by my university of violating professional standards, but I am just a student. Is this fair?
- I have been accused of helping another student with a college test by giving electronic assistance. Is it legal for the university to look through my phone or computer?
- I have been accused of plagiarism even though it was an accident. How can I prove my case and avoid being punished?
- I have been accused of self-plagiarizing a project, but I didn't do it intentionally. What are my defense options?
- I posted an answer key to a college exam online and now I am accused of academic misconduct. What are my options?
- I sought help on a college project, but now the school is saying this help was unauthorized and is threatening to sanction me. Is this fair? How do I respond?
- I submitted an academic essay that was not politically correct, and now I am in trouble for academic misconduct. Will I get in trouble for this?
- I submitted the same work to two classes, and now the college is saying I self-plagiarized. What should I do now?
- I was accused of cheating on an online exam and now my school is accusing me of academic misconduct. How should I respond?
- I was accused of falsifying results for a college project. How will the school punish academic misconduct?
- My college is accusing me of copying off another student. Will I get expelled or in trouble, and what can I do about it?
- My college says I obtained course materials I should have had access to. What sanctions can they hit me with?
- My entire group is accused of cheating on a project. How should we defend ourselves? What will happen to me specifically?
- My nursing school is trying to get me dismissed for academic misconduct. Is there anything I can do?
- My professor claims I violated test conditions, and now the school is sanctioning me. Can I do anything about this?
- Should I consult with an attorney even if one is not allowed at my academic misconduct disciplinary hearing?
- While working on a group project, someone in my group plagiarized, and now I am getting in trouble. What can I do?
- Will a college plagiarism charge hurt my chances of getting into grad school? What can I do about it?
Nationwide Academic Misconduct Defense
It is critical to understand that student discipline cases can be won, and that schools can be challenged if they are not recognizing your rights and interests.
This is only accomplished, however, by having a calculated approach, an effective strategy, and by mounting the strongest possible defense, and attorney Joseph D. Lento has fought to ensure a fair process and a favorable outcome on behalf of countless students and others in academia who are facing issues that put their academic and professional goals at risk at colleges and universities nationwide.
Contact the Lento Law Firm today for help at 888-535-3686.