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.

Pennsylvania colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's academic misconduct advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • Albright College
  • Allegheny College
  • Arcadia University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bloomsburg University
  • Bucknell University
  • Cabrini University
  • Cairn University
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Carlow University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cedar Crest College
  • Central Penn College
  • Chatham University
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Cheyney University
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Delaware Valley University
  • DeSales University ​
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern University
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Gannon University
  • Geneva College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grove City College
  • Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Harcum College
  • Haverford College
  • Holy Family University
  • Immaculata University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Juniata College
  • Keystone College
  • King's College
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Lackawanna College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • La Roche College
  • La Salle University
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lincoln University
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Lycoming College
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • Marywood University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Messiah College
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Misericordia University
  • Moravian College
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Neumann University
  • Peirce College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia University
  • Point Park University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rosemont College
  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Seton Hill University
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Susquehanna University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Thiel College
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University Of The Arts
  • University of the Sciences
  • University of Scranton
  • Ursinus College
  • Valley Forge Military Academy
  • Villanova University
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Waynesburg University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Westminster College
  • Widener University
  • Wilkes University
  • York College of Pennsylvania

It is an unfortunate reality that academic misconduct charges can upend an accused student's life if not properly addressed, and Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have unparalleled experience passionately fighting for the future of his clients at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as an academic misconduct advisor for students facing disciplinary cases in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Academic Misconduct Advisor Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686.

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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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