New York International Students: Academic Misconduct

When an international student attending school in New York is accused of academic misconduct, the stakes could not be higher. Any student accused of academic misconduct has rights at risk, but the stakes are so much higher for international students. Your ability to remain in this country is suddenly at risk, as is your future education and career. Whatever academic misconduct issue you face, you need an experienced defense attorney who understands the unique situation you face, and has the years of experience to protect your rights.

If you are an international student facing allegations of academic misconduct, experienced academic misconduct defense attorney Joseph D. Lento is here to help. You do not have to go through this difficult process on your own.

Academic Misconduct: What is it?

Some examples of academic misconduct include:

  • Plagiarism
  • Unauthorized collaboration
  • Deceitful educational software
  • Blackmail
  • Cheating
  • Reusing assignments or exams
  • Forgery
  • Fabrication
  • Bribery
  • Failing to report violations
  • Impersonation, or
  • Sabotage.

Allegations of any of these is enough to put you at risk for multiple different consequences that could derail your career. Penalties can easily result in your expulsion from school, and even the United States in certain circumstances.

Consequences for International College Students

For those college or university students accused of academic misconduct, the consequences can be very serious. Students can face multiple different sanctions, including, but not limited to:

  • probation
  • suspension
  • expulsion
  • reduced employment opportunity
  • loss of academic honors
  • loss of internship opportunity
  • loss of scholarships (both academic and sports)
  • clearance checks with government positions
  • employers hold academic dishonesty charges against a student found responsible

Risks Unique to International Students

For international students, allegations of academic misconduct can lead to very serious and unique consequences. If you are suspended, you could lose your visa and be required to return to your home country. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it could be many years before you are allowed to return to the United States, if at all. There are different educations expectations and standards from country to county, but academic dishonesty allegations can follow you throughout your life.

Unique Factors for International Students

When an international student comes to the United States, there is often a language and cultural barrier to fully understanding the new rules and expectations of school. For example, in some countries, collective work and thinking are considered not only appropriate, but expected in order to complete school work and projects. In the U.S., if the assignment is not a "group assignment" you may find yourself accused of cheating, when you thought you were simply doing what you were supposed to do.

Many different cultural differences exist between international students and American students, and if a misunderstanding occurred that has led to accusations of academic misconduct against you, much of this can be explained and properly defended. With the help of an attorney well-versed in these types of cases, you can rest assured your case is handled properly.

Consult a New York Academic Misconduct Attorney

International students face unique challenges when accused of academic misconduct. You should not see your entire future derailed because of a misunderstanding or mistake. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has a firm understanding of the consequences and has helped countless international students with such concerns. Contact attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm at (888) 535-3686 today for help.

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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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