Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry (Kornberg SOD) has a long and prestigious history state and countrywide. It is a state-related school of dentistry founded in 1863 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly known as Philadelphia Dental College, Kornberg SOD is one of the oldest continuously operating dental schools in the US. The school offers a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree and has multiple departments for specialization. After graduation, students can apply to virtually any dentistry-related position nationwide due to Kornberg's strong curriculum and training programs.
As a dentistry student at Kornberg SOD, you'll have many opportunities to enhance your knowledge and gain practical skills. But it's not always smooth sailing when you're studying hard and spending time ensuring you're on par with your peers. Due to the significant pressure you face, you may make mistakes that reflect poorly on your character and degree. While all administrators expect students to commit errors, some are more severe than others. These issues, which can be behavioral, ethical, or academic, have repercussions that include probation, suspension, and expulsion. Without the help of an attorney-advisor specializing in student defense, you may have to forgo your dream of becoming a dentist altogether.
Code of Student Conduct and Honor Policy
All students enrolled at Temple University, including those in the Kornberg SOD, must follow the academic honesty and integrity policy and behavioral expectations in the online Policies and Procedures manual. The manual states that academic integrity is essential to intellectual growth and fosters independence and respect among students and staff members. Students who engage in academic dishonesty undermine Temple's mission and purpose, undervaluing the work of others in the institution. Regarding behavioral expectations, students are encouraged to respect all university and local community members regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or other qualities.
Additionally, Temple University believes that academic honesty and integrity encourage intellectual growth and maintain a level playing field for all students. As a result, the policy emphasizes two types of breaches that may lead to sanctions: plagiarism and cheating. The manual gives examples of each violation and the adjudication process if a student violates these terms. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards enforces compliance with the Student Conduct Code. Accusations of stealing, cheating, disorderly conduct, plagiarism, or the illegal possession of drugs and alcohol lead to standing before a Conduct Board, which implements sanctions for violations depending on severity and recurrence.
Dentistry students at Kornberg SOD, like their peers at Temple, must have a firm understanding of the academic material taught. As future dentists, students are responsible for ensuring that they are on top of their studies and continue to gain knowledge while progressing in their programs. Unfortunately, not all students can maintain exemplary grades when under stress, even if they are generally good students.
Students who do not perform well receive Academic Probation if their GPA is below 2.0. if they do not improve their performance, they may face academic dismissal. This process maintains that students must meet with an advisor, after which they develop a supplementary schedule to help them improve their GPA. They must apply to their advising office if they wish to participate in Academic Recovery. Students who are under Academic Warning status may register themselves for the program. Although this process may seem burdensome, it is the only way a student can stay enrolled and have a chance to improve their performance before receiving a dismissal.
Consequences of Suspension or Expulsion
Avoiding suspension and expulsion is critical if you want to graduate on time. A temporary dismissal hampers your progress and reduces your morale. Additionally, like an expulsion, the charge remains on your permanent record. However, a permanent release has infinitely more negative repercussions for dental students that extend beyond the institution's walls. It makes it challenging to find residency or placement opportunities elsewhere. Some of the issues you may face after receiving such a harsh sanction include:
- Not being able to register in another dentistry school due to the effects of the notation on your transcript
- Reputation damage that affects your personal and professional life
- Loss of time and effort as you need to start over in another program if you wish to pursue dentistry
- An increase in financial difficulties and having more debt due to the additional expenses incurred by the expulsion
- Loss of morale and desire to continue being a dentistry student
Permanent dismissal is a deal breaker for many professional and academic institutions. Due to this, it is essential that you do everything in your power to decrease the likelihood of receiving this sanction. When facing such a penalty, you must remain calm, not talk about the issue with anyone, and contact an attorney-advisor specializing in student defense. Although you may assume that you can tackle the problem alone, it is easy to get overwhelmed and not achieve your goal.
Contacting an Attorney-Advisor
You worked hard to study and become a dentistry student. Although you made a mistake, it should not mean the end of your dreams and start over after all this time. Attorney-Advisor Joseph D. Lento has years of experience working with students who face severe sanctions that upend their future. With his passion for negotiation and seeking the best possible outcome for your case, you're in the hands of an expert who understands what is at stake.
Attorney Lento specializes in student defense and works with students nationwide on even the most complex cases. Using his unique approach and unparalleled experience with student disciplinary boards, you have a better chance of success when you work with someone who knows what you're facing.
Don't let the stress and confusion of this troubling charge land you in hot water. You deserve a chance to negotiate and fight back against allegations that damage your future. If you face dismissal for academic or behavioral issues at Kornberg SOD – don't wait. Call the Lento Law Firm today for a consultation at 888-535-3686.