High-quality learning environments are predicated in academic integrity. This is why colleges and universities enforce rules that preserve academic integrity. If students fail to comply with these rules, the consequences can be severe.
It's important for students accused of academic misconduct to seek the help of an attorney advisor. An experienced legal professional can help you clear your name, and avoid getting you a record for employers and outside institutions to see.
What is Academic Misconduct?
Colleges and universities in Kentucky enforce rules for purposes of maintaining academic integrity. They're intended to keep students accountable and transparent when it comes to submitting their own work and using the works of others. Simply put, academic misconduct is any action that breaks these rules.
Academic Misconduct Violations
There are various forms of academic misconduct. Here are some common definitions and examples of academic misconduct that may be punishable at your school:
Cheating: using fraudulent, deceitful, or dishonest tactics to gain academic merit.
- Using unauthorized materials, written notes, prepared answers, or concealed answers to complete an exam or project
- Copying from others during an exam
- Having a stand-in take a test for you, or standing in for someone else
- Sharing answers from a take-home exam (unless specifically authorized by an instructor)
- Allowing another person to write a paper for you
Plagiarism: using the intellectual material of another in your work without crediting the source.
- Passing off the words, ideas, or concepts of another person as your own
- Using the work of another in your academic work without properly giving them credit. Giving them proper credit is known as citing the source. In order to correctly cite the source, one must give credit for every direct quote, paraphrased idea, summary, or any information that isn't considered common knowledge
Fabrication/Falsification: inventing or altering information to complete an academic exercise.
- Creating or modifying citations for a paper
- Making up discussions, interactions, events, or people to complete an assignment
Complicity: aiding or attempting to aid another student in performing academically dishonest acts.
- Letting another student use your identification to access restricted areas of campus
- Allowing another student to copy your project, exam, or homework
This is a general list that is intended to be neither exhaustive nor restrictive. For a more detailed list of actions that constitute academic misconduct, please see your school's code of conduct.
The consequences of having an academic misconduct violation extend beyond college sanctions. Jobs with access to academic records may question the integrity of those with violations of this nature. Government jobs, professions in law, careers in academia, for example, may justify denying the employment of students with academic misconduct violations on their records.
Kentucky Academic Misconduct Advisor
A finding of responsibility for academic misconduct can jeopardize the academic and professional goals you or your college student have set. If you value the investment you've made into your education and your professional future, contacting a skilled student defense attorney is a must. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped students who've acquired serious academic misconduct charges recover from these allegations, and he can do the same for you. Contact him today for more information.
Kentucky colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:
- Alice Lloyd College
- Asbury University
- Ashland Community and Technical College
- ATA College
- Beckfield College Florence
- Bellarmine University
- Big Sandy Community and Technical College
- Bluegrass Community and Technical College
- Brescia University
- Brown Mackie College Hopkinsville
- Brown Mackie College Louisville
- Brown Mackie College Northern Kentucky
- Campbellsville University
- Centre College
- Clear Creek Baptist Bible College
- Daymar College Bellevue
- Daymar College Bowling Green
- Daymar College Louisville
- Daymar College Louisville
- Daymar College Madisonville
- Daymar College Online
- Daymar College Owensboro
- Daymar College Paducah Main
- Daymar College Scottsville
- DeVry University Kentucky
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
- Gateway Community and Technical College
- Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky
- Hazard Community and Technical College
- Henderson Community College
- Hopkinsville Community College
- ITT Technical Institute Lexington
- ITT Technical Institute Louisville
- Jefferson Community and Technical College
- Kentucky Christian University
- Kentucky Mountain Bible College
- Kentucky State University
- Kentucky Wesleyan College
- Lincoln College of Technology Florence
- Lindsey Wilson College
- Madisonville Community College
- Maysville Community and Technical College
- MedTech College Lexington Campus
- Mid Continent University
- Midway College
- Morehead State University
- Murray State University
- National College Lexington
- Northern Kentucky University
- Owensboro Community and Technical College
- Saint Catharine College
- Simmons College of Kentucky
- Somerset Community College
- Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
- Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
- Spalding University
- Spencerian College
- Spencerian College Lexington
- Sullivan College of Technology and Design
- Sullivan University
- Thomas More College
- Transylvania University
- Union College
- University of Kentucky
- University of Louisville
- University of Phoenix Louisville Campus
- University of Pikeville
- University of the Cumberlands
- West Kentucky Community and Technical College
- Western Kentucky University
It is an unfortunate reality that academic misconduct charges can upend an accused student's life if not properly addressed, and Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have unparalleled experience passionately fighting for the future of his clients at colleges and universities in Kentucky 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 for students facing disciplinary cases in Kentucky and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Academic Misconduct Advisor Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686.