High School Academic Misconduct Attorney Advisor – Ohio

By the time students reach high school, they should understand that cheating and academic dishonesty is wrong. They should also know that indiscretions of this kind have consequences beyond the classroom. High schools in Ohio consider academic misconduct a serious matter. Students with this kind of infraction on their record might struggle to gain admission to colleges, receive scholarships, or find future employment. If your high school student is accused of academic misconduct, you need to take the matter seriously. Your child's future is at stake.

What is Academic Misconduct?

Academic misconduct is any behavior a student commits in an academic setting to gain an unfair advantage over others. Educational environments are supposed to promote learning and when someone uses unethical or illegitimate means to succeed in this environment, it disrupts learning. At the high school level, trust is a big part of the learning process. Teachers trust their pupils to complete the work assigned honestly and to the best of their ability, so the students may gain the most from it. When a student breaks this trust by cheating, falsification, or plagiarism, they might not get it back.

How Do You Know if Your Kid Has Committed Academic Misconduct?

Your child's high school should state their rules about academic misconduct in their honor code, code of conduct, academic dishonesty policy, or similar policy. The school might distribute copies of the handbook to students and parents or post these rules on their website. However the school decides to disseminate the information, it's your and your child's responsibility to understand these policies before classes commence. Knowing the high school's academic misconduct code beforehand will help you if your child is accused of this type of infraction.

Different types of academic misconduct in Ohio high schools

  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is a serious offense that most high school students should be aware of already. It's taking someone else's work and claiming it as your own without giving proper credit to the original source. Students might commit plagiarism because they don't feel like doing the work themselves, or because they're not confident enough in their own abilities to achieve a good grade. Plagiarism often happens by accident as well. Students might not know the correct way to cite information they use in an essay or project. As a result, they're accused of academic dishonesty when they never intended to pass someone else's work off as their own.
  • Cheating: Plagiarism is a form of cheating, which is a general term for when a student uses unethical means to complete an assignment or test. Usually, cheating involves going against the instructions teachers or faculty members give regarding academic work. Cheating could be copying another student's work, letting another student copy one's own work, or using resources the teacher has forbidden.
  • Disruption: In some cases, intentionally disrupting the classroom is a form of academic dishonesty. When a student, faculty, or staff member behaves in a way to distract students or prevent regular classroom activities from taking place, they could face consequences. While many schools keep their academic dishonesty and general misconduct policies separate, overlap is possible in some cases. It depends on the intent of the student causing the disruption. Speaking out of turn during class might be a general disruption, whereas setting off the fire alarm so class will be dismissed on a test day could be an academic misconduct violation. The former behavior isn't intended to prevent other pupils from learning but the latter is.
  • False identification: Misrepresenting or falsifying information to get out of classes, tests, or assignments can lead to an academic misconduct charge. Falsifying information on official school records, for any reason, could also be considered academic misconduct.
  • Unauthorized use of technology: Many of today's high schools will include statements about the use of smartphones or other mobile devices to cheat. The permission of personal electronic devices in the classroom varies by school, as does the academic integrity policy related to them.

Ohio High Schools and Academic Misconduct

Most high schools in Ohio have a statement or policy about academic integrity in their handbooks. Cincinnati public schools consider cheating a “Category I” (least serious) offense. Teachers or administrators might require the student to complete a community service task, do a reflective task, sign a behavior contract, or find a way to apologize.

What are the consequences of academic misconduct?

Students guilty of an academic dishonesty infraction may face a variety of disciplinary actions, depending on the seriousness of the offense. In some cases of cheating, teachers might handle discipline or give the student a zero grade on the assignment. Incidents like bribery or forgery might result in more serious action, like detention or suspension. If a student faces long-term suspension from a public school, they have the right to know why. They also have the right to due process.

Can a student still get into college after academic misconduct?

Whether or not an academic misconduct incident stays on a student's record for colleges to see depends on the nature of the offense. Some schools might require counselors to report academic dishonesty incidents to colleges when asked about a student. Colleges might hesitate to extend your child scholarship offers or admission if they see one or more incidents of academic dishonesty.

Can an Academic Misconduct Advisor Help in Your Academic Misconduct Case in Ohio?

Do you need a legal advocate to deal with your high school student's academic misconduct case? If your child is facing serious disciplinary action like suspension or expulsion from school over academic dishonesty in Ohio, they have a right to due process and representation. Students are subject to school rules and disciplinary actions, but that doesn't mean they waive the right to outside legal advice.

The Lento Law Firm has defended thousands of high school and university students across the nation in academic misconduct cases. Attorney Joseph D. Lento can help students protect their academic futures. Call the firm at 888-535-3686 for an initial consultation with a trusted academic misconduct legal advisor.

Ohio 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

  • Ada Exempted Village School District
  • Adams County/Ohio Valley School District
  • Adena Local School District
  • Akron Public Schools
  • Alexander Local School District
  • Allen East Local School District
  • Alliance City School District
  • Amanda-Clearcreek Local School District
  • Amherst Exempted Village School District
  • Anna Local School District
  • Ansonia Local School District
  • Anthony Wayne Local School District
  • Apollo Joint Vocational School District
  • Arcadia Local Schools
  • Arcanum-Butler Local School District
  • Archbold Area Local School District
  • Arlington Local Schools
  • Ashland City School District
  • Ashtabula Area City School District
  • Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School District
  • Athens City School District
  • Aurora City School District
  • Austintown Local School District
  • Avon Lake City School District
  • Avon Local School District
  • Ayersville Local School District

B

  • Barberton City School District
  • Barnesville Exempted Village School District
  • Batavia Local School District
  • Bath Local Schools
  • Bay Village School District
  • Beachwood City School District
  • Beaver Local School District
  • Beavercreek City School District
  • Bedford City School District
  • Bellaire Local School District
  • Bellefontaine City School District
  • Bellevue City School District
  • Belpre City School District
  • Benjamin Logan Local School District
  • Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District
  • Berea City School District
  • Berkshire Local School District
  • Berlin-Milan Local School District
  • Berne Union Local School District
  • Bethel Local School District
  • Bettsville Local School District
  • Bexley City School District
  • Big Walnut Local School District
  • Black River Local School District
  • Blanchester City School District
  • Bloom-Carroll Local School District
  • Bloom-Vernon Local School District
  • Bluffton Exempted Village School District
  • Boardman Local School District
  • Botkins Local School District
  • Bowling Green City School District
  • Bradford Exempted Village School District
  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District
  • Bridgeport Exempted Village School District
  • Bright Local School District
  • Bristol Local School District
  • Brooklyn City School District
  • Brookville Local School District
  • Brown Local School District
  • Brunswick City School District
  • Bryan City School District
  • Buckeye Central Local School District
  • Buckeye Local School District
  • Buckeye Local School District
  • Buckeye Local School District
  • Buckeye Valley Local School District
  • Bucyrus City School District

C

  • Caldwell Exempted Village School District
  • Cambridge City School District
  • Campbell City School District
  • Canal Winchester Local School District
  • Canfield Local School District
  • Canton City Schools
  • Canton Local School District
  • Cardinal Local School District
  • Cardington-Lincoln Local School District
  • Carey Exempted Village School District
  • Carlisle Local School District
  • Carrollton Exempted Village School District
  • Cedar Cliff Local School District
  • Celina City School District
  • Centerburg Local School District
  • Centerville City School School District
  • Central Local School District
  • Chagrin Falls Village Exempted School District
  • Champion Local School District
  • Chardon Local School District
  • Chesapeake-Union Exempted Village School District
  • Chillicothe City School District
  • Chippewa Local School District
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Circleville City School District
  • Clark-Shawnee Local School District
  • Clay Local School District
  • Claymont Local School District
  • Clear Fork Valley Local School District
  • Clearview Local School District
  • Clermont Northeastern Local School District
  • Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Clinton-Massie Local School District
  • Cloverleaf Local School District
  • Clyde-Green Spring Exempted Village School District
  • Coldwater Exempted Village School District
  • Colonel Crawford Local School District
  • Columbia Local School District
  • Columbiana Exempted Village School District
  • Columbus City Schools, Columbus
  • Columbus Grove Local School District
  • Conneaut Area City School District
  • Conotton Valley Union Local School District
  • Continential Local School District
  • Copley-Fairlawn Local School District
  • Cory-Rawson Local Schools
  • Coshocton School District
  • Coventry Local School District
  • Covington Exempted Village School District
  • Crestline Exempted Village School District
  • Crestview Local School District
  • Crestview Local School District
  • Crestview Local School District
  • Crestwood Local School District
  • Crooksville Exempted Village Schools
  • Cuyahoga Falls City School District
  • Cuyahoga Heights School District

D

  • Dalton Local School District
  • Danbury Local School District
  • Danville Local School District
  • Dawson-Bryant Local School District
  • Dayton Public Schools
  • Deer Park Community City School District
  • Defiance City School District
  • Delaware City Local School District
  • Delphos City School District
  • Dover City School District
  • Dublin City SchoolS

E

  • East Cleveland City School District
  • East Clinton Local School District
  • East Guernsey Local School District
  • East Holmes Local School District
  • East Knox Local School District
  • East Liverpool City School District
  • East Muskingum Local School District
  • East Palestine City School District
  • Eastern Local School District
  • Eastern Local School District
  • Eastern Local School District
  • Eastwood Local School District
  • Eaton City School District
  • Edgerton Local School District
  • Edgewood Local School District
  • Edison Local School District
  • Edon-Northwest Local School District
  • Elgin Local School District
  • Elida Local School District
  • Elmwood Local School District
  • Elyria City School District
  • Euclid City School District
  • Evergreen Local School District

F

  • Fairbanks Local School District
  • Fairborn City School District
  • Fairfield City School District
  • Fairfield Local School District
  • Fairfield Union Local School District
  • Fairland Local School District
  • Fairlawn Local School District
  • Fairless Local School District
  • Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District
  • Fairview Park City School District
  • Fayetteville-Perry Local School District
  • Federal Hocking Local School District
  • Field Local School District
  • Findlay City School District
  • Finneytown Local School District
  • Firelands Local School District
  • Forest Hills School District
  • Fort Frye Local School District
  • Fort Jennings Local School District
  • Fort Loramie Local School District
  • Fort Recovery Local School District
  • Fostoria City School District
  • Franklin City School District
  • Franklin Local School District
  • Franklin-Monroe Local School District
  • Fredericktown Local School District
  • Fremont City School District
  • Frontier Local School District

G

  • Gahanna-Jefferson City School District
  • Galion City School District
  • Garaway Local School District
  • Garfield Heights City School District
  • Geneva Area City School District
  • Genoa Area Local School District
  • Georgetown Exempted Village School District
  • Gibsonburg Exempted Village School District
  • Girard City School District
  • Gorham Fayette Local School District
  • Goshen Local School District
  • Graham Local School District
  • Grand Valley Local School District
  • Grandview Heights City School District
  • Granville Exempted Village School District
  • Green Local School District
  • Greeneview Local School District
  • Greenfield Exempted Village School District
  • Greenon Local School District
  • Greenville City School District
  • Groveport-Madison Local School District

H

  • Hamilton City School District
  • Hamilton Local School District
  • Hardin Northern Local School District
  • Hardin-Houston Local School District
  • Harrison Hills City School District
  • Heath City School District
  • Hicksville Exempted Village School District
  • Highland Local School District
  • Hilliard City Schools
  • Hillsboro City School District
  • Hillsdale Local School District
  • Holgate Local School District
  • Hopewell-Loudon Local School District
  • Hubbard Exempted Village School District
  • Hudson City School District
  • Hueber Heights City School District
  • Huntington Local School District
  • Huron City School District

I

  • Independence City School District
  • Indian Creek Local School District
  • Indian Hill Exempted Village School District
  • Indian Lake Local School District
  • Indian Valley Local School District
  • Ironton City School District

J

  • Jackson Center Local School District
  • Jackson City School District
  • Jackson Local School District
  • Jackson-Milton Local School District
  • James A. Garfield Local School District
  • Jefferson Area Local School District
  • Jefferson Local School District