Academic integrity is essential to a thriving learning environment. This is why colleges and universities place an emphasis on rules that aim to preserve academic integrity. If students fail to comply with these rules, they may be subject to serious consequences.
It's important for students accused of accused of academic misconduct to seek the help of an attorney advisor. An experienced legal professional can help you clear your name, salvage your reputation and avoid getting you an academic record for employers and outside institutions to see.
What is Academic Misconduct?
In New Hampshire colleges and universities there are guidelines to maintain academic integrity. These rules are imposed to keep students accountable and transparent when it comes to creating their own academic works and respect the works of others. Therefore, any actions that could violate these rules is known as academic misconduct.
Academic Misconduct Violations
There are various forms of academic misconduct. Here are some of the most common definitions and examples of actions that might be punishable at your school:
Plagiarism: the act of using intellectual material in an academic work created by another person in your work without crediting the source.
- Passing off the words, ideas, or concepts of others as your own
- Using portions of the work or the entire work of another in your work without crediting them. This is known as citing the source. Citing must be done properly, and credit must be given for every direct quote, any paraphrased ideas, summaries, or information that isn't considered common knowledge.
Cheating: displaying fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in the completion of an academic assignment.
- Copying from others during an exam
- Allowing another person to write a paper for you
- Using unauthorized materials, concealed information, written notes, or prepared answers to complete an exam or project
- Sharing answers from a take-home exam unless specifically authorized by an instructor
- Having a stand-in to take an exam for you, or standing in for someone else
Fabrication/Falsification: inventing or altering information in an academic exercise.
- Making up people, events, or interactions to complete an assignment
- Creating or altering citations for a paper
Complicity: intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another student to perform academically dishonest acts.
- Letting another student use your identification to access restricted parts of campus
- Allowing another student to copy answers from your exam onto theirs
Most administrators perceive academic misconduct as one of the most reprehensible violations students could acquire. This is why the consequences of this violation are almost always harsh. So harsh, in fact, that the effects of these repercussions extend beyond college sanctions and into a student's professional life. Many job prospects with access to academic records will question the integrity and morale of students with this violation. For example, government jobs, professions in law, and careers in academia are job prospects that may use this violation to deny people of employment.
New Hampshire 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.
New Hampshire colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's academic misconduct advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:
- Chester College of New England
- Colby Sawyer College
- Daniel Webster College
- Dartmouth College
- Franklin Pierce University
- Granite State College
- Great Bay Community College
- Hesser College
- Keene State College
- Lakes Region Community College
- Lebanon College
- Manchester Community College
- Nashua Community College
- New England College
- New Hampshire Institute of Art
- NHTI Concord's Community College
- Northeast Catholic College
- Plymouth State University
- River Valley Community College
- Rivier College
- Saint Anselm College
- Southern New Hampshire University
- St. Joseph School of Nursing
- Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
- University of New Hampshire at Manchester
- University of New Hampshire Main Campus
- White Mountains Community College
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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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.