New York University College of Dentistry

Graduate schools can be completely overwhelming, and dental school is no different. Dental school is not only competitive, but the material is dense, and students are expected to uphold specific standards. Some students might find it difficult to persevere. If these standards are not met, most dental schools will dismiss the student from the program. An attorney-advisor will work tirelessly to ensure that doesn't happen to you. You've worked so hard to be admitted, fulfilled the pre-requisites, and made sure your undergraduate grades were exemplary. You do not deserve to go down without a fight.

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NYU College of Dentistry Code of Conduct

At NYU College of Dentistry, like most institutions in the country, students are expected to follow a specific set of rules referred to as a code of conduct, which includes academic and professional responsibilities. These responsibilities include:

  • Participating in class and following the attendance requirements
  • Having a professional demeanor and conduct in all activities
  • Receiving at least a “C” in the courses
  • Providing exemplary patient care
  • Keeping patient confidentiality
  • Following all New York University policies and obligations

The code of conduct also lists academic conduct that students are supposed to uphold, including academic honesty. Every school has a particular definition for academic misconduct, but at NYU College of Dentistry, academic misconduct encompasses any activity that interferes with the institution's ability to maintain an atmosphere of academic integrity. Academic misconduct includes:

  • Cheating: copying someone else's assignment and acting as if it were your own work, helping another student cheat on an exam or assignment, or using materials on an exam or assignment without your instructor's permission
  • Submitting the same assignment for multiple courses
  • Plagiarism: Using someone else's work, thoughts, or ideas as if they were your own on an exam or other academic assignment; not citing a source properly on a paper
  • Disrupting the teaching, research, administration, or clinical activity at NYU
  • Offering false or incomplete information during the admissions or financial aid process

If a student is caught violating NYU College of Dentistry's code of conduct, you will be brought before a dismissal committee that will determine what punishments are appropriate. It is important to reach out to an attorney-advisor the moment you learn of these proceedings. An attorney-advisor will work diligently to ensure your side of the story is heard, and your due process rights are met.

Remediation at NYU College of Dentistry

As dental schools are part of the medical field, they work hard to produce dentists who not only have the professional but academic understanding to provide exceptional patient care and further evidence-based science. In order to do this, students are reviewed each academic year at NYU College of Dentistry. During the review, the administration determines if the student is achieving the minimum grade of a “C” in their courses and clinical simulations. If they are not, the administration may generate a remediation plan for the student.

Remediation plans allow a student time to retake a course or clinical in the hopes that the extra time will help them get a better grade. In order to be eligible for remediation, the student usually has to have received three “Ds” or fewer and no “F” grades by the end of the academic year. If a student has more than four “D” or any “F” grades, they will not be eligible.

If a student does not successfully remediate, they will not be promoted to the next module and could face a dismissal proceeding. Though NYU has a remediation process set in place, some students may find their cases fall through the cracks. If you were never offered a remediation plan and believe you should have been, or if you have not been able to successfully remediate the course or clinical, an attorney-advisor will best be able to advocate on your behalf.

Dismissal Proceedings at NYU College of Dentistry

At NYU College of Dentistry, students can be dismissed for a whole myriad of reasons, including failing their remediation plan and performing some act of academic misconduct. Students can also be dismissed for receiving low grades, disciplinary actions, or Title IX accusations.

If a student is notified of a dismissal decision, they have an opportunity to appeal it. An appeal must be made to the Committee on Academic Review and Standards (CARS). The student must prove that the College of Dentistry materially failed to follow its dismissal policy. This appeal must be sent directly to CARS within five business days after being notified of the original dismissal decision. CARS will consider the appeal and decide whether the dismissal decision should be upheld, stricken down, or modified in some way. Whatever they decide, it is final and cannot be appealed further.

How an Attorney-Advisor Can Help

Being dismissed from dental school can have several repercussions. Dismissal decisions are placed on your final transcript. If you decide to apply to another dental school to finish your education, you will have to explain the reason behind your dismissal during the admissions process. As dental schools are primarily concerned with their own reputation, a dismissal decision may make it harder for you to continue to pursue your dream of being a dentist at another school. This could lead to mental health issues down the road. But don't fret. An attorney-advisor can help you navigate these accusations.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and Lento Law Firm have spent years helping students from coast to coast who have found themselves in similar situations. Attorney Lento will ensure you the best possible outcome for your case. Call our offices today at 888-535-3686 to schedule a consultation or visit us online.

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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 the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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