High School Academic Misconduct Attorney - Pennsylvania

Academic misconduct likely isn't what you had in mind when you sent your student to a Pennsylvania high school. If your student is now facing these types of charges, you and your family might be frustrated and confused.

After all, your child has a bright future ahead of them. You've both worked hard to get to this point. You need to make sure that this alleged misconduct doesn't hurt your child's chances of getting into a good college or starting their career successfully.

There's a lot at stake. Fortunately, with a good lawyer, you may be able to set the groundwork for a favorable outcome. An experienced Pennsylvania student defense attorney can assist with protecting your student's rights and building a case for their innocence.

PA Academic Misconduct: What Actions Qualify?

When you first discover that your student faces academic misconduct allegations, you may wonder what, if anything, your student did to deserve this treatment.

In Pennsylvania, the actions that qualify as academic misconduct are highly-varied, but, in high schools, generally fall into a few categories:

  • Plagiarism: If your student, in any assignment, project, or test, uses the work of another person without providing proper citations, that is plagiarism. It's easy to plagiarize accidentally through improper paraphrasing or lack of citing, so it's a good idea to impress upon your student the importance of clear references.
  • Cheating: If your student uses any material that their teacher hasn't approved to finish an assignment (for example, the Internet or a cheat-sheet), that could constitute cheating. In a more general sense, cheating simply includes any scenario in which a student might be able to give themselves an unfair advantage over their peers (e.g., taking more time than given for an exam).
  • Disruption: If your PA high school student is disruptive, they might shout out in class, ask irrelevant questions, show unwanted attention to others, use their cell phone in class, or any other issue regarding their behavior in class.
  • Abuse of materials: Lastly, a common manifestation of academic misconduct involves the abuse of school materials. For example, if your student destroys, steals, or loses a library book or another resource belonging to the school, they might be guilty of academic misconduct.

Ultimately, there are many different actions that your student's school could deem inappropriate for student conduct. Since academic misconduct can be so wide a category, it's important to ensure that you know your student's school's policies very well - or that you hire someone very familiar with these types of cases.

What to Expect in a PA Academic Misconduct Investigation

Your student's code of conduct will contain detailed information about the specific process that your school will follow. According to the Education Law Center in Pennsylvania, you may be able to expect any of the following procedures:

  • An informal meeting with your student's teacher
  • A formal investigation into your student's guilt
  • A hearing with a panel of school officials

As you can see, what may lay ahead of you could vary greatly depending upon your school's policies and the nature of your child's infraction. The ACLU of Pennsylvania also notes that your child has certain rights according to due process. They include:

  • Knowing the precise charges against them from their school
  • Knowing exactly what the recommended punishment is going to be
  • Having the chance to tell their side of the story before their school recommends penalties.

Since there's so much at stake during your child's academic misconduct investigation, it's a very good idea to hire an experienced lawyer to help you deal with these steps so you don't have to cover all the bases yourself.

Your student's academic misconduct investigation may include analysis of past performance, interviews with witnesses, and more. After the investigation (and, potentially, a formal hearing), your school will recommend a specific course of disciplinary or restorative action.

The Penalties for Academic Misconduct in Pennsylvania

Very likely, the first thing you wondered when you found out that your student faced academic misconduct allegations was simply how it might affect their future (immediate and long-ranging). Checking your student's school's code of conduct or student handbook is likely the best way you can find that information, in case it's specific to your school.

One PA high school's disciplinary procedures suggest that your student could expect any of the following immediate penalties for academic misconduct:

  • A mandatory behavioral contract
  • Reduction of privileges, such as parking and extracurricular activities
  • A direct hit to your child's reputation
  • In-school or out-of-school suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Individual or group counseling
  • Referral to external mentorship
  • Mandatory community service
  • Regular check-ins and progress reports
  • “Problem solving” meetings with the school's guidance counselor

Of course, these are just short-term academic penalties. Unfortunately, there are many more long-term consequences that your child could experience as a result of their academic misconduct. With that type of allegation on their record, your child might have a much harder time applying for opportunities in their future - including college admissions, scholarship considerations, and even jobs in the longer run.

That's a lot to worry about. You don't want your child's past to affect their future. You need to work now to protect your child's rights.

From Philadelphia County to Allegheny, Montgomery, and Bucks: You need a seasoned academic misconduct and student defense lawyer who will be able to argue your child's case.

Fortunately, you're in the right place for just that.

Pennsylvania High School Academic Misconduct Attorney Joseph D. Lento

When you need assistance dealing with the ramifications of an academic misconduct charge, you need a lawyer who has experience with student defense. That's precisely what Joseph D. Lento brings to the table. For years, Joseph D. Lento has worked aggressively to defend high school students all across the nation. He'll be able to help you and your student successfully protect your educational investments. To learn more about student defense in PA, contact the Lento Law Firm online or call 888-535-3686 today.

Pennsylvania 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

  • Abington Heights School District
  • Abington School District
  • Agora Cyber Charter School
  • Albert Gallatin Area School District
  • Aliquippa School District
  • Allegheny Valley School District
  • Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District
  • Allentown City School District
  • Altoona Area School District
  • Ambridge Area School District
  • Annville-Cleona School District
  • Antietam School District
  • Apollo-Ridge School District
  • Armstrong School District
  • Athens Area School District
  • Austin Area School District
  • Avella Area School District
  • Avon Grove School District
  • Avonworth School District

B

  • Bald Eagle Area School District
  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District
  • Bangor Area School District
  • Beaver Area School District
  • Bedford Area School District
  • Belle Vernon Area School District
  • Bellefonte Area School District
  • Bellwood-Antis School District
  • Bensalem Township School District
  • Benton Area School District
  • Bentworth School District
  • Berlin Brothersvalley School District
  • Bermudian Springs School District
  • Berwick Area School District
  • Bethel Park School District
  • Bethlehem Area School District
  • Bethlehem-Center School District
  • Big Beaver Falls Area School District
  • Big Spring School District
  • Blackhawk School District
  • Blacklick Valley School District
  • Blairsville-Saltsburg School District
  • Bloomsburg Area School District
  • Blue Mountain School District
  • Blue Ridge School District
  • Boyertown Area School District
  • Bradford Area School District
  • Brandywine Heights Area School District
  • Brentwood Borough School District
  • Bristol Borough School District
  • Bristol Township School District
  • Brockway Area School District
  • Brookville Area School District
  • Brownsville Area School District
  • Bryn Athyn School District
  • Burgettstown Area School District
  • Burrell School District
  • Butler Area School District

C

  • California Area School District
  • Cambria Heights School District
  • Cameron County School District
  • Camp Hill School District
  • Canon-McMillan School District
  • Canton Area School District
  • Carbondale Area School District
  • Carlisle Area School District
  • Carlynton School District
  • Carmichaels Area School District
  • Catasauqua Area School District
  • Centennial School District
  • Central Bucks School District
  • Central Cambria School District
  • Central Columbia School District
  • Central Dauphin School District
  • Central Fulton School District
  • Central Greene School District
  • Central Valley School District
  • Central York School District
  • Chambersburg Area School District
  • Charleroi School District
  • Chartiers Valley School District
  • Chartiers-Houston School District
  • Cheltenham Township School District
  • Chester-Upland School District
  • Chestnut Ridge School District
  • Chichester School District
  • Clairton City School District
  • Clarion Area School District
  • Clarion-Limestone Area School District
  • Claysburg-Kimmel School District
  • Clearfield Area School District
  • Coatesville Area School District
  • Cocalico School District
  • Colonial School District
  • Columbia Borough School District
  • Commodore Perry School District
  • Conemaugh Township Area School District
  • Conemaugh Valley School District
  • Conestoga Valley School District
  • Conewago Valley School District
  • Conneaut School District
  • Connellsville Area School District
  • Conrad Weiser Area School District
  • Cornell School District
  • Cornwall-Lebanon School District
  • Corry Area School District
  • Coudersport Area School District
  • Council Rock School District
  • Cranberry Area School District
  • Crawford Central School District
  • Crestwood School District
  • Cumberland Valley School District
  • Curwensville Area School District

D

  • Dallas School District
  • Dallastown Area School District
  • Daniel Boone Area School District
  • Danville Area School District
  • Deer Lakes School District
  • Delaware Valley School District
  • Derry Area School District
  • Derry Township School District
  • Donegal School District
  • Dover Area School District
  • Downingtown Area School District
  • Dubois Area School District
  • Dunmore School District
  • Duquesne City School District

E

  • East Allegheny School District
  • East Lycoming School District
  • East Penn School District
  • East Pennsboro Area School District
  • East Stroudsburg Area School District
  • Eastern Lancaster County School District
  • Eastern Lebanon County School District
  • Eastern York School District
  • Easton Area School District
  • Elizabeth Forward School District
  • Elizabethtown Area School District
  • Elk Lake School District
  • Ellwood City Area School District
  • Ephrata Area School District
  • Erie City School District
  • Everett Area School District
  • Exeter Township School District

F

  • Fairfield Area School District
  • Fairview School District
  • Fannett-Metal School District
  • Farrell Area School District
  • Ferndale Area School District
  • Fleetwood Area School District
  • Forbes Road School District
  • Forest Area School District
  • Forest City Regional School District
  • Forest Hills School District
  • Fort Cherry School District
  • Fort LeBoeuf School District
  • Fox Chapel Area School District
  • Franklin Area School District
  • Franklin Regional School District
  • Frazier School District
  • Freedom Area School District
  • Freeport Area School District

G

  • Galeton Area School District
  • Garnet Valley School District
  • Gateway School District
  • General McLane School District
  • Gettysburg Area School District
  • Girard School District
  • Glendale School District
  • Governor Mifflin School District
  • Great Valley School District
  • Greater Johnstown School District
  • Greater Latrobe School District
  • Greater Nanticoke Area School District
  • Greencastle-Antrim School District
  • Greensburg Salem School District
  • Greenville Area School District
  • Greenwood School District
  • Grove City Area School District

H

  • Halifax Area School District
  • Hamburg Area School District
  • Hampton Township School District
  • Hanover Area School District
  • Hanover Public School District
  • Harbor Creek School District
  • Harmony Area School District
  • Harrisburg City School District
  • Hatboro-Horsham School District
  • Haverford Township School District
  • Hazleton Area School District
  • Hempfield Area School District
  • Hempfield School District
  • Hermitage School District
  • Highlands School District
  • Hollidaysburg Area School District
  • Homer-Center School District
  • Hopewell Area School District
  • Huntingdon Area School District

I

  • Indiana Area School District
  • Interboro School District
  • Iroquois School District

J

  • Jamestown Area School District
  • Jeannette City School District
  • Jefferson-Morgan School District
  • Jenkintown School District
  • Jersey Shore Area School District
  • Jim Thorpe Area School District
  • Johnsonburg Area School District
  • Juniata County School District
  • Juniata Valley School District

K

  • Kane Area School District
  • Karns City Area School District
  • Kennett Consolidated School District
  • Keystone Central School District
  • Keystone Oaks School District
  • Keystone School District
  • Kiski Area School District
  • Kutztown Area School District

L

  • Lackawanna Trail School District
  • Lake-Lehman School District
  • Lakeland School District
  • Lakeview School District
  • Lampeter-Strasburg School District
  • Lancaster School District
  • Laurel Highlands School District
  • Laurel School District
  • Lebanon School District
  • Leechburg Area School District
  • Lehighton Area School District
  • Lewisburg Area School District
  • Ligonier Valley School District
  • Line Mountain School