Pennsylvania International Students: Academic Misconduct

Are you a Pennsylvania international student facing allegations of academic misconduct? If so, you face unique challenges as compared to American students in the same situation. Academic misconduct is taken very seriously by colleges and universities, and can be the basis for suspension, expulsion, and more. For international students here on a student visa, this can also result in your deportation from the United States, depending on the circumstances. You deserve to have your case defended by an experienced attorney.

If you are an international student facing allegations of academic misconduct, experienced academic misconduct defense attorney Joseph D. Lento is here to help. You are not alone. You can fight this.

What is Academic Misconduct?

Allegations of academic misconduct is enough to put you at risk for several different consequences that could ruin your future career. Without a strong defense, academic misconduct allegations could end what would otherwise been a successful and enjoyable time in the United States.

Some examples of academic misconduct include:

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

Consequences for International College Students

If you are an international student accused of academic misconduct, the type of misconduct you stand accused of can vary greatly. Some are considered worse than others, and punishments are generally designed to "fit the crime." However, schools are often overzealous when handing out the following possible punishments:

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

Unique Risks for Pennsylvania International Students

For international students attending school in Pennsylvania, accusations of academic misconduct can result in incredibly serious but also unique consequences. If you are suspended as a result of the accusations, you could lose your visa and be required to return to your home country. Depending on the facts of your situation, it could be years before you are allowed to come back to the United States, if ever.

Unique Factors for International Students

Many different cultural differences exist between international students and American students. If a misunderstanding happened that resulted in allegations of academic misconduct, much of this can be explained and properly defended. 

When an international student comes to the United States, there often exists a cultural and language barrier to fully comprehending the new rules and expectations of college or university. As an example, in some countries, group work and thinking are considered not only appropriate, but are expected 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.

Consult a Pennsylvania 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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