Faking Illness or Disability Worsens, Rather than Excuses, Academic Issues

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

You lied to your professor or school advisor about having an illness or disability, and now the school has found out. That's not a good situation. Making false excuses for falling behind on academic assignments, requesting extensions, or delaying quizzes and exams can significantly worsen a student's situation, leading to school disciplinary charges. It's the coverup, more than the crime, that'll get you. If that's your situation, then retain national school discipline attorney Joseph D. Lento to aggressively and effectively defend you. All hope isn't lost. You just need highly skilled and experienced school defense to get you out of your difficult situation.

Student Codes of Conduct

Colleges and universities nationwide adopt comprehensive student conduct codes prohibiting a wide range of dishonest acts and misbehaviors. Schools use those conduct codes to pursue disciplinary charges against students. Those conduct codes include honor code commitments the violation of which can lead to suspension or dismissal. Disciplinary charges are serious matters. Schools reprimand, suspend, and expel students for conduct code violations, affecting the student's education and future. Students should take disciplinary charges seriously, including retaining the qualified school discipline defense counsel they need to make the best of a bad situation.

How Not to Address Academic Issues

Student conduct codes routinely prohibit lying and other dishonest or fraudulent acts directed toward school officials. Casual lies and fabrications aren't the concern. Schools are most concerned with lies and frauds students perpetrate for academic or other advantage. For example, the Code of Student Conduct at Ohio State University prohibits students from “[p]roviding falsified materials, documents, or records to a university official in order to meet academic qualifications, criteria, or requirements, including but not limited to submitting falsified doctor's notes and/or falsified transcripts.” The University of Florida maintains a similar Student Honor Code that also prohibits false statements to procure an academic advantage. It's not the fact of a lie but the purpose of the lie that implicates students. Don't fake an illness or disability, or use other lies, frauds, or false excuses, to cover up academic shortcomings. It only worsens your problem.

How to Address Academic Issues

The right way to address academic shortcomings is to admit to yourself and your instructors and advisors the habits and circumstances that prompted you to fall behind, and then to get the help of your instructors and advisors to address those causes. Instructors and advisors aren't naive about student practices. They understand laziness, temptation, and distraction. They also understand that students don't necessarily know how, when, where, with what, and with whom to study. Disclosing your issues honestly and frankly can get you the advice and resources you need to improve your academic work. It may also get you compassion and extensions. But either way, you'll be much better off than facing disciplinary charges.

School Discipline Defense Services

National school discipline defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's Student Defense Team are available nationwide to defend college or university disciplinary charges involving false excuses and other matters. Don't let disciplinary charges ruin your educational and career ambitions. And be sure to exhaust all options. Don't give up without retaining Attorney Lento for winning defense representation. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


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