Students accused of academic misconduct in New York City are facing a great deal of trouble. Higher education institutions take academic integrity very seriously, and if they see what they believe to be a violation they will pursue it aggressively. The rules regarding academic misconduct, and misconduct of all kinds, are often strictly enforced. In many cases, schools will go over the top considering the facts, especially if the accused is not represented by an attorney who has his or her back.
If you are a college or university student accused of misconduct, Joseph D. Lento is here to help. You deserve to have your rights protected. The Lento Law Firm has helped countless students face down these accusations at colleges and universities across the United States, and also in all 5 New York City Boroughs - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
What is Academic Misconduct?
In New York City colleges and universities there are rules and regulations that govern academic integrity and dishonesty among students. These rules enforce honesty and transparency with respect to the scholastic works of students. When a student does not comply with these guidelines, they are committing academic misconduct.
The vast majority of New York City schools take a firm position in opposition of academic misconduct, hence why the penalties for these violations tend to be severe. Depending on the facts of the case, students who have been found “responsible” for academic misconduct through a disciplinary hearing have been subject to a wide range of sanctions, including a failing the course, being removed from the student's degree program, suspension, or even expulsion.
Common Academic Misconduct Violations in New York City
There are multiple different forms of academic misconduct. Below are just a few examples:
- Cheating: Attempting to use or using an unauthorized source or material to complete academic assignments. This might include the use of unpermitted materials like notes, electronic sources, test copies, or completion of an assignment in a way forbidden by the professor.
- Fabrication/Falsification: Inventing or altering information or a citation in an assignment.
- Abuse of materials: Stealing, destroying, damaging, or in any way obstructing access to a library or other academic resources and records.
- Plagiarism: The act of presenting someone else's work, ideas, concepts, representations, or words as one's own without proper acknowledgment of the source. Plagiarism is one of the primary types of misconduct universities focus on, and even a first time offense can result in incredibly severe consequences.
- Complicity: Aiding or attempting to aid another student in committing an act of academic dishonesty is prohibited by institutions.
While these more common violations are listed here, any type of misconduct can result in sanctions from your university. These sanction could have a long-term negative affect not only on your schooling career, but any future career you hope to have. With the right defense, you can put up a strong fight to protect yourself to the furthest extent possible.
New York City Academic Misconduct Attorney
If you are a student or employee of a college or university in New York, New York and are facing allegations of academic misconduct, you should consult with an experienced attorney who is well-versed in school policies and procedures. Skilled legal professional Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience representing people who have been right where you are now. Contact him today for help at 888-535-3686.