Can a student appeal an academic misconduct case at a college or university in Minnesota? VIDEO

Academic misconduct, integrity, dishonesty and honor code violation. Colleges and Universities in Minnesota use different terms for allegations involving a student's academics. Regardless of the term used, academic misconduct charges are serious, with significant potential consequences. If found responsible, an appeal may be the last opportunity to resolve the case. Students and parents may not realize that professional help is needed as early as possible in the disciplinary process. Students and parents are often poorly informed by the school as to how to best address such accusations, and it is only after a finding of responsibility that they realize an attorney advisor's help is needed.

If found responsible the case can still potentially be rectified, especially if you have the right to appeal. Colleges and Universities in Minnesota often have similar grounds for an appeal, but your school's appeal process must be closely followed. Common appeal grounds include procedural defect or error. For example, did the school follow the necessary steps in the code of conduct process? Was the student properly notified of the charges? Were there other due process issues? These are common issues which can lead to an unfair outcome. Disproportionate or excessive sanction. For example, will the sanction be on the student's academic transcripts or disciplinary records, thereby affecting graduate school admissions?

Can it be asserted that the sanction is excessive in light of the circumstances of the case and the student's goals? Was the student suspended or expelled? Such sanctions are fundamentally severe and may not be appropriate to the case. New evidence, for example, did the school base its finding on unfair information presented by the professor? Did the school rely on flawed reports such as a plagiarism checker, or reports involving online cheating? Can new information be presented which provides an alternative explanation for the misconduct?

Some schools will decide an appeal based on the written appeal and others will convene a hearing. Appeal deadlines are often short and immediate action must be taken. An experienced attorney advisor will help you present the strongest possible appeal and they should be involved as soon as possible.

Minnesota colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's academic misconduct advisor during the appeals process, in addition to during investigations and hearings, include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • Academy College
  • Alexandria Technical & Community College
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College
  • Argosy University Twin Cities
  • Augsburg College
  • Bemidji State University
  • Bethany Lutheran College
  • Bethel University
  • Brown College Brooklyn Center
  • Brown College Mendota Heights
  • Capella University
  • Carleton College
  • Central Lakes College Brainerd
  • Century Community and Technical College
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • College of Visual Arts
  • Concordia College at Moorhead
  • Concordia University Saint Paul
  • Crossroads College
  • Crown College Saint
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • DeVry University Minnesota
  • Duluth Business University
  • Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Globe University Minneapolis
  • Globe University Woodbury
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • Herzing University Minneapolis
  • Hibbing Community College A Technical and Community College
  • Institute of Production and Recording
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Itasca Community College
  • ITT Technical Institute Brooklyn Center
  • ITT Technical Institute Eden Prairie
  • Lake Superior College
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Minneapolis
  • Macalester College
  • Martin Luther College
  • McNally Smith College of Music
  • Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minneapolis Business College
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota School of Business Blaine
  • Minnesota School of Business Brooklyn Center
  • Minnesota School of Business Elk River
  • Minnesota School of Business Lakeville
  • Minnesota School of Business Moorhead
  • Minnesota School of Business Plymouth
  • Minnesota School of Business Richfield
  • Minnesota School of Business Rochester
  • Minnesota School of Business Shakopee
  • Minnesota School of Business Waite Park
  • Minnesota State College Southeast Technical
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • National American University Bloomington
  • National American University Brooklyn Center
  • National American University Roseville
  • Normandale Community College
  • North Central University
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Northland Community and Technical College
  • Northwest Technical College
  • Northwest Technical Institute
  • Northwestern College
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Oak Hills Christian College
  • Pine Technical College
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Saint Cloud State University
  • Saint John's University
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • Saint Paul College A Community and Technical College
  • South Central College
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Catherine University
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • St. Olaf College
  • The Art Institutes International Minnesota
  • The College of Saint Scholastica
  • University of Minnesota Crookston
  • University of Minnesota Duluth
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • University of Minnesota Rochester
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Phoenix Minneapolis/St Paul Campus
  • University of St Thomas
  • Vermilion Community College
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College
  • Winona State University

If you're a student or the parent of a student at a school in Minnesota, you must understand that academic misconduct allegations are serious.

Whatever term your college or university uses – academic misconduct, integrity, dishonesty, an honor code violation – you must respond to the allegations carefully and defend as best as possible, preferably as early as possible in the college disciplinary process.

Whether you did nothing wrong or instead had a lapse of judgement and made a poor decision, the potential consequences both in the short and long-term can be significant and severe.  Present academic standing, scholarships, extracurricular activities, internships, graduate and professional school candidacy, and professional employment opportunities can all be diminished or altogether lost if an academic case is not successfully resolved.

If, however, you made the mistake of trying to defend against the charges on your own or with someone not suited to the task, all is not lost – especially if you can appeal the decision, finding of responsibility, and/or sanctions.  If this was the case, now is the opportunity to take the necessary action and attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm can help.  The Lento Law Firm has unparalleled experience with academic misconduct cases and they have helped thousands of students across the country facing similar issues. 

Joseph Lento fights nationwide on behalf of his clients and he never throws in the towel.  He is a licensed attorney in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, 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 advisor for students and families seeking to appeal academic misconduct cases in Minnesota and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected at any stage of the university disciplinary process - Contact National Academic Misconduct Advisor Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686.

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