ADHD and Academic Misconduct Defense

If you are a student with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or if you have a student with ADHD, you know that these students face some unique challenges in school. Symptoms of ADHD like an inability to sit still, maintain sustained attention in the classroom or while doing homework, or difficulty controlling impulses, can lead to discipline and academic issues throughout a student's academic career.

According to a study from Ohio State University, students who have problems paying attention are also more likely to admit to cheating. That's why it's important to ensure that you or your child have the support needed at school to be successful with ADHD. Under federal law, schools must provide eligible students with disabilities like ADHD with a free and appropriate public education. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are laws that provide eligible disabled students with special education services and accommodations in schools. With proper academic support, you or your child may be able to avoid accusations of academic misconduct in the first place.

Unfortunately, schools also sometimes fail to consider how their disciplinary policies and procedures may interfere with students' disability rights. If you or your child end up in this situation, an experienced academic misconduct attorney can give you important guidance for handling academic misconduct allegations with ADHD.

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