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.

Pennsylvania colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your international 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

Regrettably, international students in New Jersey accused of academic misconduct face additional potential consequences including issues with their Visa and their ability to return to the United States if there is an adverse outcome in a college or university disciplinary case, Even without these additional major concerns, 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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