Pennsylvania College Academic Misconduct Attorney

Most students who attend colleges and universities have learned throughout their years of involvement in the education system that academic integrity is essential for academic success. Your whole life you've been lectured about the importance of exhibiting traits like honesty, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability when it comes to submitting your original work and in regard to esteeming other individuals' intellectual property. These constant reminders to “do the right thing” spouted by your teachers and professors serves a purpose, as the academic community flourishes when all students maintain habits of integrity.

Mostly all higher education institutions in Pennsylvania have violations pertaining to the committance of academic misconduct - when a student fails to comply with ethical academic standards imposed by a school. And students who are found responsible for such misconduct often experience relatively harsh consequences. However, unsurprisingly enough, most of these accusations are pinned upon students who may have been completely oblivious to the fact that they were committing academic misconduct, or are misinformed as to what constitutes academic misconduct at their institution.

Unfortunately, these students may be facing harsh sanctions that may not only throw a wrench in their academic journey, but prevent them from completing a program or graduating altogether. This is why it's important to retain a student defense attorney to help fight for you.

Academic Misconduct Charges

It's important for you, as a student, to understand that there are a wide range of actions that could potentially fall under the umbrella of academic misconduct. Plagiarism, cheating, duplicate submissions, and fabrication are just some of these actions, but there are several instances when a student can commit these too. Here is a list of circumstances and examples that could constitute as academic misconduct:

  • Using unauthorized materials, prepared answers, written notes, or concealed information during an exam
  • Submitting the same assignment for more than one course without prior approval of all the instructors involved
  • Copying or attempting to copy from others during an exam or on an assignment
  • Plagiarism and/or paraphrasing another person's phraseology, literary device, or metaphor without acknowledgement
  • Selling, distributing, or posting lecture notes, records, handouts or other information provided by an instructor, or using them for a commercial purpose without the permission of an instructor
  • Obtaining a copy of an exam or assignment prior to it being approved by an instructor
  • Stealing another person's assignment, book, experiment, paper, notes or software
  • Forgery of an instructor's signature on a letter of recommendation or any other document

Pennsylvania Academic Misconduct Attorney

If you or your student is charged with a disciplinary violation involving academic misconduct, you should consult with student defense attorney Joseph D. Lento today. He has helped other students who have been in your predicament avoid the dire repercussions of being found responsible for this violation, and he can do the same for you. Contact him 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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