New York College Academic Misconduct Attorney

The state of New York is currently home to more than 230 colleges and universities, which require that students adhere to high standards of academic integrity. Students that are accused of cheating, plagiarism, or other academic misconduct are subject to an investigative and disciplinary process that can result in suspension or dismissal. During these proceedings, students are typically able to choose an advisor to assist, support, and accompany them. Students are strongly encouraged to retain a knowledgeable attorney-adviser to serve in this critical role.

Common Examples of Academic Misconduct

  • Cheating: Students may wrongfully use notes or electronic devices during an examination, may attempt to submit a paper used in a previous course again, or attempt to view another student's exam to copy their answers.
  • Plagiarism: This is often viewed as a form of fraud that uses material from a source as if it were one's own. For example, a student may copy text from a source and include the material in a paper without making any reference or citation.
  • Falsification or Misrepresentation: A student may attempt to alter grades or other academic records. It could involve creating a letter of recommendation with a faculty or staff member's falsified signature.
  • Collusion: Also referred to as “collaborative” cheating, where two or more students conspire to violate rules of academic integrity. For example, one student compensating another to complete an assignment on their behalf.

Overview of the Disciplinary Process

Schools each create policies and procedures regarding how allegations of academic misconduct are handled. T