New York City Academic Misconduct Attorney

There are dozens of post-secondary academic institutions in the New York City area, which all share a fundamental commitment to academic integrity. Students accused of academic misconduct are subject to an investigative and disciplinary process that can result in harsh sanctions. During these proceedings, students are typically able to choose an adviser to assist, support, and accompany them. Students facing such allegations are strongly encouraged to retain a knowledgeable attorney-adviser to serve in this critical role.

Common Types of Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism

Plagiarism may be considered an act of fraud that may be committed with intent, inadvertently, or as a result of negligence. It may involve improper usage of ideas, images, recordings, or text obtained from a source and presented as though it were original. The use of any such material must be properly cited and referenced to credit the source.

Cheating

Cheating is a term that broadly defines deception intended to enhance a student's performance by creating a belief that they possess greater knowledge than they do. Violations may occur by using unauthorized materials or devices to covertly access information during an examination, resubmitting a paper that was previously submitted from credit in a prior course, and more.

Collusion or Collaborative Cheating

Collaborative cheating (or collusion) refers to acts of academic misconduct that result from two students or more conspiring students. Often the cheating develops among student working groups in a classroom setting. Students may have unauthorized communication during an exam or one may compensate another to create an assignment for them.

Falsification or Fabrication

A student could fabricate a source that supports their assertions or conclusions in a paper. It may involve attempting to alter grades and academic records or forge the signature of a faculty member on a letter of recommendation.

Potential Sanctions Imposed

The penalties imposed generally reflect the severity of the misconduct. In today's higher education environment, students that violate the standards for academic integrity can expect to be suspended or dismissed from the school.

Outcomes or Consequences

If a student is suspended during an academic term, they are likely to lose credit for any coursework and monies paid for tuition, fees, or campus housing (if applicable). The student will be unable to participate in extracurricular activities, student organizations, athletics, and any student employment terminated. Students that are dismissed are permanently separated from the institution and lose any scholarship benefits. The student's records and transcripts contain information regarding the disciplinary violations, which can pose challenges for those seeking admission to a different school, graduate programs, etc.

Why Retain Experienced Advisory Representation?

Having assistance from a seasoned attorney-adviser is critical to ensure that the institutional administrators adhere to their procedures for treating all parties fairly and your rights are protected. Your attorney can be of tremendous assistance in preparation, such as for a disciplinary hearing, to deliver concise statements and effectively respond to questions. He or she may also potentially engage in discussions with those responsible for the disciplinary process to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution.

Attorney for Student Disciplinary Matters Involving Academic Misconduct

Students facing allegations of cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of misconduct are strongly encouraged to contact a lawyer that is well-versed in this unique realm of practice. Attorney Joseph D. Lento understands how to navigate these challenging proceedings and create a positive outcome. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686 for more information. 

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact our offices today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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