Campbell Law School, also known as the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, is a private law school established in 1976. Located in Raleigh, California, Campbell Law School is part of the Campbell University complex and offers nine joint degree programs. The school is a prestigious one, with a high bar passage rate and a rank as one of the top law schools in North Carolina.
Being part of the Campbell Law School community comes with multiple perks, including high employment prospects upon graduation. However, to remain enrolled, students must demonstrate principles of academic integrity. Those accused of misconduct face sanctions, some of which can harm their reputation and future.
Honor Code and Academic Misconduct
All students attending Campbell University, including law students, must abide by the honor code and the Academic Conduct Statement of Principle. As per the university's mission statement, graduates must have “exemplary academic and professional skills” to live purposeful lives and provide meaningful service. The honor code stresses the concept of honesty in all behavior, and administrators expect all students to demonstrate academic integrity by:
- Having an unwavering commitment to do the best they can by solely using their intellectual resources
- Demonstrating truthfulness in academic matters
- Maintaining confidentiality when representing the university
- Encouraging academic integrity among peers
Additionally, the conduct statement provides explicit examples of actions that constitute academic misconduct. They include:
- Cheating on an exam or providing others with unauthorized assistance
- Copying from another peer's work
- Giving information about educational matters in a wrongful manner
- Offering information to others about exams, quizzes, and other academic exercises
- Using or providing unauthorized notes and “cheat sheets.”
- Plagiarizing another person's work or ideas without giving credit
- Using or accessing exam material before its release to students
- Submitting the same work to multiple professors without authorization
- Altering a grade or knowingly modifying an academic record
- Misusing technology to gain an unfair academic advantage
- Forging and falsifying university documents
- Recording lectures or taking pictures of exams to distribute to others
- Disclosing confidential information about the university to others
- Lying and intentionally supplying staff members or peers with misleading/false information
- Not reporting violations of the honor code policy to university officials
Academic misconduct issues fall under the jurisdiction of Campbell University faculty members, who have the authority to impose sanctions.
Faculty Actions and Student Sanctions
The university encourages faculty members to be discreet and administer appropriate grade sanctions for violations. However, if the issue is egregious, the professor may send a letter to the Vice President of Student Life documenting the case and requesting the placement of the sanction on the student's file.
If the student receives a failing grade, this sanction causes them to delay graduation and hinders their overall progress. If the student gets another sanction, then the university suspends them for the remainder of the semester and the following one. Additionally, the student receives an Academic Suspension charge on their transcript. Students who receive sanctions from professors may not withdraw or drop their courses.
Academic Appeals for Faculty-Imposed Sanctions
Campbell University does not call for a hearing for academic misconduct charges. However, students who receive a grade sanction or suspension do have the option to appeal to the Chairperson of the Academic Conduct Committee of the Faculty. The student must appeal within three days of receiving the sanctions decision. If the appeal is for a final grade, the student has one week to file an appeal.
Once the committee reviews the appeal, they may ask to meet with the accused student and the faculty member who imposed the sanctions. After deliberation, the committee sends the student a written notice informing them of their decision.
Students have one final chance to appeal the committee's decision by sending another appeal letter to the Dean of the School of Law. The Dean reviews the matter and can either affirm the faculty member's sanctions or deny it and remove it from the student's transcript.
Appeals for Suspension
Students facing suspension due to academic misconduct may appeal the decision to the Executive Student Conduct Committee. Students have three days to appeal.
Once the committee receives the request, it may ask to meet with the student and the faculty member. After deliberation, the committee makes a final decision regarding the matter and informs the student. If the committee decides that a suspension is appropriate, the student's transcript reflects the discharge.
A suspension has grave consequences for the student and affects their reputation and progress. Although the student does not stand before a hearing panel, the issue still has negative implications for their future. Fortunately, students don't have to face the problem alone.
With the help of a seasoned professional who understands how these processes work, law students are less likely to face sanctions that negatively impact their future.
Hiring an Attorney-Advisor
Whether you made an honest mistake or committed a violation, you have the right to defend yourself. However, without proper preparation, you may face suspension and delay your goal of becoming an attorney. That's why the help of a skilled attorney-advisor is an invaluable asset when you face a discharge from Campbell Law School.
Attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento has years of experience working with law students nationwide facing sanctions that adversely impact their future. Attorney-Advisor Lento specializes in student discipline defense. With his expertise and knowledge of the processes universities impose upon suspicion of academic misconduct, attorney-advisor Lento decreases the likelihood of an unfavorable case outcome.
You spent many hours and years studying to become an attorney. A mistake or lapse in judgment should not lead to reputation damage and difficulties for your future career.
If you face sanctions at Campbell School of Law for academic misconduct, don't wait until it's too late. Contact the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 for a discreet and thorough consultation.