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
- Are the penalties for academic misconduct long lasting?
- Can an academic disciplinary record prevent me from being accepted to certain colleges or graduate programs?
- Can an academic disciplinary record prevent me from obtaining employment?
- Can an academic misconduct case lead to expulsion?
- Can an academic misconduct case lead to loss of scholarships or financial aid?
- Can an academic misconduct case lead to loss of study abroad or other privileges?
- Can an academic misconduct case lead to probation?
- Can an academic misconduct case lead to suspension?
- Can an attorney participate in an academic misconduct disciplinary hearing?
- Can employers review my academic disciplinary record?
- Can I appeal a ruling in an academic misconduct case?
- Do all schools allow the attorney to appear at academic misconduct disciplinary hearings?
- Do different schools have different penalties for academic misconduct?
- How can an attorney help me if I was accused of academic misconduct?
- How do I defend myself in an academic misconduct case?
- How do I gather evidence or interview witnesses in my academic misconduct case?
- How quickly do I have to respond to a charge of academic misconduct?
- How serious are the penalties for academic misconduct?
- Should I consult with an attorney even if one is not allowed at my academic misconduct disciplinary hearing?
- Should I hire an attorney if I was accused of academic misconduct?
- What are the common types of academic misconduct?
- What are the penalties for academic misconduct?
- What happens at an academic misconduct disciplinary hearing?
- What happens if the academic misconduct comes to light after I already graduated?
- What happens if the academic misconduct comes to light after my degree was already granted?
- What type of attorney should I hire if I was accused of academic misconduct?
- Who can be my advisor at an academic misconduct disciplinary hearing?
- Who is on the disciplinary panel for academic misconduct cases?
- Will I have to appear before a disciplinary panel to address my academic misconduct charges?
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.