High School Academic Misconduct Attorney Advisor - North Dakota

The repercussions of academic misconduct are severe and long-lasting. The policy of many North Dakota high schools is to promote learning, honesty, and integrity. Schools take violations of these principles seriously. An academic misconduct offense can ruin your child's academic career—prohibition from extracurricular activities, lower grades, and denied entrance to some colleges and universities.

Facing all of these consequences is unthinkable if your child was falsely accused of academic dishonesty. A school's academic misconduct process can be overwhelming and take a toll on an innocent student. To protect your child from this anxiety, as well as from the reputational damage, you should seek the advice of a student defense legal professional.

What Is Academic Misconduct in North Dakota?

Academic misconduct is when a student or faculty member behaves in a way to gain an unfair advantage in the classroom. Educational institutions come down hard on academic misconduct violations because they perceive dishonesty as a threat to the learning process.

How do you know what constitutes an academic misconduct violation? Both parents and students should read their school's academic integrity policy to know what the possible offenses and penalties are. Being informed of the school's rules will help you defend your child later if they receive an academic misconduct accusation.

Common examples of academic misconduct in North Dakota high schools

  • Cheating: Cheating is fraudulent or deceitful conduct that involves giving or receiving aid without the specific consent of the classroom teacher. Cheating could be copying another student's assignment, using unauthorized materials during a test, or obtaining unauthorized information to help pass a test or assignment.
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism occurs when an individual deliberately uses someone else's language, ideas, or original material without acknowledging the source. Not properly citing essays or research papers can lead to plagiarism accusations, so students should always ask their teachers about citation guidelines if they have questions. Also, copying work done for a previous assignment and submitting it for a new one is self-plagiarizing. Students should always give credit to the original source, even if the original source is themselves.
  • Inappropriate technology use: Most high schools have strict rules about computer use and access at school. Using a school computer to cheat or complete another student's assignment is academic misconduct. Also, using an electronic device such as a smartphone to store or send test answers to another student could lead to an academic misconduct violation.
  • Providing false information: Making up information or sources to include in an assignment is a form of academic dishonesty. More serious types of falsification include attempting to alter academic records or providing false information to get out of class or an assignment.
  • Unauthorized collaboration: Students can get in trouble if they work together on an assignment when they're not supposed to. Sometimes, the difference between helping another student and giving them answers is small, and students might find themselves with an academic misconduct allegation when they're completely innocent.

How North Dakota High Schools Handle Academic Misconduct

The academic dishonesty policy for West Fargo Public Schools lays out consequences for cheating or plagiarism based on which occurrence it is. There are guidelines for first, second, third, and subsequent occurrences, with punishments ranging from a zero grade on the assignment to exclusion from academic awards. The policy also allows teachers to determine their own classroom consequences for academic dishonesty. Unlike some school districts, suspension is not a possible consequence of academic dishonesty.

Bismarck Public Schools allow high schools to craft their own academic integrity policies. Penalties for academic dishonesty in Bismarck's high schools can range from redoing the assignment to disqualification from the National Honor Society.

Whether the classroom teacher or an administrator handles the academic misconduct infraction depends on the severity of the offense. It also depends on whether it's a repeat offense or the first time a student faces an academic misconduct accusation. All allegations of academic misconduct are detrimental to your child's academic record, whether it's a minor infraction or a grave accusation.

Disciplinary hearing

For some academic dishonesty offenses, students may have a disciplinary hearing. A hearing allows the student to defend their case in front of their peers or school administrators. If your student is facing long-term suspension, they have a federal right to due process, and the school must grant the student a chance to present their defense if they request it.

What to do if your child is accused of academic dishonesty

If your child faces an academic misconduct charge, you need to act quickly. First, check the school's academic integrity policy, and search for the possibility to appeal. Then, ask your child to give their account of what happened. Afterward, call the school to get more information.

Once you've gathered the facts and understand what happened between your child and the school, you should contact a qualified student defense advisor to help you with your case.

How a Student Defense Legal Advisor Can Help

Do you really need legal representation to defend your student from an academic misconduct charge? Most high schools would have you believe that you don't, that the parents, student, and school can resolve the situation. Schools often don't expect students to fight an academic misconduct charge and may prefer to mete out the “appropriate” punishment and close the case.

Your student has rights, however, and there are always options available if you don't want your child to have an academic misconduct charge on their school record. A North Dakota academic misconduct advisor can let you know what these options are. By examining relevant school, district, and county policies, a student defense legal professional can hold the school to account and ensure the school protects your student's rights. Some schools may allow representation on a student's behalf during a disciplinary hearing, but regardless, you want to have someone in your corner who will protect your high school student's rights and interests.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento of the Lento Law Firm has defended countless high school students around the nation from academic misconduct charges. Call the Firm at 888-535-3686 for a consultation with a trusted academic misconduct legal advisor.

North Dakota high schools where Joseph D. Lento can help as your child's student's academic misconduct advisor during investigations, hearings and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following school districts:

A

  • Adams Public School District
  • Alexander Public School District
  • Anamoose Public School District
  • Apple Creek Public School District
  • Ashley Public School District

B

  • Bakker Public School District
  • Baldwin Public School District
  • Barnes County North School District
  • Beach Public School District
  • Belcourt Public School District
  • Belfield Public School District
  • Bell Public School District
  • Berthold Public School District
  • Beulah Public School District
  • Billings Co Public School District
  • Bisbee-Egeland Public School District
  • Bismarck Public Schools
  • Border Central Public School District
  • Bottineau Public School District
  • Bowbells Public School District
  • Bowdon Public School District
  • Bowline Butte Public School District
  • Bowman Public School District
  • Burke Central Public School District
  • Butte Public School District

C

  • Carrington Public School District
  • Carrington Public School District
  • Cass Valley N Public School District
  • Cavalier Public School District
  • Center Public School District
  • Center-Stanton Public School District
  • Central Cass Public School District
  • Central Elem Public School District
  • Central Valley Public School District

D

  • Dakota Prairie Public School District
  • Dakota Public School District
  • Devils Lake Public School District
  • Dickinson Public School District
  • Divide County Public School District
  • Dodge Public School District
  • Drake Public School District
  • Drayton Public School District
  • Driscoll Public School District
  • Dunseith Public School District

E

  • Earl Public School District
  • East Central School District
  • Edgeley Public School District
  • Edinburg Public School District
  • Edmore Public School District
  • Eight Mile Public School District
  • Elgin Public School District
  • Elgin-New Leipzig Public School District
  • Ellendale Public School District
  • Emerado Public School District
  • Enderlin Public School District
  • Eureka Public School District

F

  • Fairmount Public School District
  • Fargo Public Schools
  • Fessenden Public School District
  • Fessenden-Bowdon Public School District
  • Finley-Sharon Public School District
  • Flasher Public School District
  • Fordville Public School District
  • Fordville-Lankin Public School District
  • Fort Ransom Public School District
  • Fort Totten Public School District
  • Fort Yates Public School District

G

  • Gackle-Streeter Public School District
  • Garrison Public School District
  • Glen Ullin Public School District
  • Glenburn Public School District
  • Golden Valley Public School District
  • Goodrich Public School District
  • Grafton Public School District
  • Grand Forks Public School District
  • Granville Public School District
  • Grenora Public School District
  • Griggs County Central Public School District

H

  • Halliday Public School District
  • Hankinson Public School District
  • Hannaford Public School District
  • Harvey Public School District
  • Hatton Public School District
  • Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock Public School District
  • Hazen Public School District
  • Hebron Public School District
  • Hettinger Public School District
  • Hillsboro Public School District
  • Horse Creek Public School District

J

  • Jamestown Public School District

K

  • Kenmare Public School District
  • Kensal Public School District
  • Killdeer Public School District
  • Kindred Public School District
  • Kulm Public School District

L

  • Lakota Public School District
  • LaMoure Public School District
  • Langdon Area Public School District
  • Lankin Public School District
  • Lansford Public School District
  • Larimore Public School District
  • Leeds Public School District
  • Lehr Public School District
  • Lewis and Clark Public School District
  • Lidgerwood Public School District
  • Linton Public School District
  • Lisbon Public School District
  • Litchville Public School District
  • Litchville-Marion Public School District
  • Little Heart Public School District
  • Lone Tree Public School District

M

  • Maddock Public School District
  • Mandan Public School District
  • Mandaree Public School District
  • Manning Public School District
  • Mantador Public School District
  • Manvel Public School District
  • Maple Valley Public School District
  • Mapleton Public School District
  • Marion Public School District
  • Marmarth Public School District
  • May-Port CG Public School District
  • McClusky Public School District
  • McKenzie Co Public School District
  • McKenzie Public School District
  • Medina Public School District
  • Menoken Public School District
  • Midkota Public School District
  • Midway Public School District
  • Milnor Public School District
  • Milton Public School District
  • Minnewaukan Public School District
  • Minot Public School District
  • Minto Public School District
  • Mohall Public School District
  • Montefiore Public School District
  • Montpelier Public School District
  • Mott Public School District
  • Mott-Regent Public School District
  • Mt Pleasant Public School District
  • Munich Public School District

N

  • Napoleon Public School District
  • Nash Public School District
  • Naughton Public School District
  • Neche Public School District
  • Nedrose Public School District
  • Nesson Public School District
  • New Leipzag Public School District
  • New Public School District
  • New Rockford Public School District
  • New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School District
  • New Salem Public School District
  • New Town Public School District
  • Newburg-United Public School District
  • Newport Public School District
  • North Border Public School District
  • North Central Public School District
  • North Central Public School District
  • North Sargent Public School District
  • North Shore Public School District
  • Northern Cass Public School District
  • Northwood Public School District

O

  • Oakes Public School District
  • Oberon Public School District
  • Oriska Public School District
  • Osnabrock Public School District

P

  • Page Public School District
  • Park River Public School District
  • Parshall Public School District
  • Pembina Public School District
  • Pettibone-Tuttle Public School District
  • Pingree-Buchanan Public School District
  • Plaza Public School District
  • Pleasant Valley Public School District
  • Powers Lake Public School District

R

  • Reeder Public School District
  • Regan Public School District
  • Regent Public School District
  • Rhame Public School District
  • Richardton Public School District
  • Richardton-Taylor Public School District
  • Richland 44 School District
  • Robinson Public School District
  • Rolette Public School District
  • Roosevelt Public School District
  • Rugby Public School District

S

  • Salund Public School District
  • Sargent Central Public School District
  • Sawyer Public School District
  • Scranton Public School District
  • Selfridge Public School District
  • Sheets Public School District
  • Sheldon Public School District
  • Sherwood Public School District
  • Sheyenne Public School District
  • Sims Public School District
  • Solen Public School District
  • Southern Public School District
  • Spiritwood Public School District
  • Stanley Public School District
  • Stanton Public School District
  • Starkweather Public School District
  • Steele-Dawson Public School District
  • Sterling Public School District
  • Strasburg Public School District
  • Surrey Public School District
  • Sweet Briar Public School District
  • Sykes Public School District

T

  • Tappen Public School District
  • Taylor Public School District
  • TGU Public School District
  • Thompson Public School District
  • Tioga Public School District
  • Turtle Lake-Mercer Public School District
  • Tuttle-Pettibone Public School District
  • Twin Buttes Public School District

U

  • Underwood Public School District
  • Union Public School District
  • United Public School District
  • Upham Public School District

V

  • Valley City Public School District
  • Valley Public School District
  • Velva Public School District
  • Verona Public School District

W

  • Wahpeton Public School District
  • Walhalla Public School District
  • Warwick Public School District
  • Washburn Public School District
  • West Fargo Public School District
  • Westhope Public School District
  • White Shield Public School District
  • Wildrose-Alamo Public School District
  • Williston Public School District
  • Willow City Public School District
  • Wimbledon-Courtenay Public School District
  • Wing Public School District
  • Wishek Public School District
  • Wolford Public School District
  • Wyndmere Public School District

Y

  • Yellowstone Public School District

Z

  • Zeeland Public School District

It is critical to make certain academic misconduct charges at your child's North Dakota high school are handled properly and that the accused student's interests and rights are protected from as early as possible during the investigative and disciplinary process.  One reason, among many, is because even at high schools where a finding of responsibility for academic misconduct is made at a hearing, the investigation will set the stage for what the hearing panel is provided prior to a hearing (and what the hearing panel will in large part rely on at a hearing), and at high schools where the finding of responsibility is made solely through the investigative process, what takes place during the investigation itself will determine whether the accused student is found responsible or not responsible for academic misconduct.

Unfortunately, some parents make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when their child is accused of academic misconduct.  Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their school will be fair and impartial and will arrive at the truth.  In a perfect world this may be the case, but in a perfect world, being called to answer for alleged academic misconduct would not exist.

Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at schools throughout the nation for many years, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that an accused high school student's academic future is on the line. 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 to high school students facing investigations and disciplinary cases in North Dakota and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National High School Academic Misconduct Defense Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686.

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