Student Misconduct at Grantham University

Grantham University is a for-profit university based in Lenexa, Kansas. As an online-only school, Grantham University offers flexible education programs for working adults — especially those in the military. Unlike other for-profit schools, Grantham University has a small student population comprised of just over 3,000 undergraduates. They offer majors in business, criminal justice, liberal arts, and other popular areas of study.

Grantham University experienced backlash for enlisting marketing companies that used deceptive practices to collect personal information. They faced a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit after marketing on sites that mimicked official military recruiting websites.

Most Grantham University students never graduate despite spending years and thousands of dollars pursuing degrees. Only about one-quarter of undergraduates graduate within six years. In many cases, Grantham University students face failure to progress, misconduct allegations, and other disciplinary issues that lead to their dismissal.

National academic misconduct attorney advisor Joseph D. Lento is here to inform you of your rights in disciplinary proceedings. Your future at Grantham University depends on your ability to navigate conduct proceedings and dismiss your charges.

Misconduct Policies at Grantham University

Much like other schools, Grantham University has different policies relating to academic misconduct. The Grantham University Catalog is a student handbook that outlines its academic progress, academic integrity, student code of conduct, and Title IX policies. We've included an overview of each policy below.

Satisfactory Academic Progress. The University Catalog Section 2.25 establishes academic progress standards for students. Grantham University requires students to meet credit completion and grade point average standards to remain enrolled. The requirements vary depending on the number of credit hours completed. In general, undergraduates must maintain a GPA above 1.5 or 2.0, and graduate students must exceed a 3.0 GPA. Grantham University gives students a maximum of 150 percent of the published program length to complete their degree. Failure to meet academic progress standards can lead to a warning, suspension, or eventual dismissal from the university.

Academic Integrity. Grantham University expects all students to assume high levels of integrity in academic matters. The University Catalog section 5.3 details the ethical standards for students. Students face academic integrity violations for academic misconduct, including:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication
  • Forgery
  • Obstruction
  • Self-plagiarism
  • Complicity in assisting academic misconduct
  • Misconduct in research/creative endeavors
  • Misuse of electronic communication/technology

Sanctions for academic integrity violations depend on the nature of the infraction. Grantham University classifies academic misconduct into three levels. Level One infractions can lead to grade reductions on assignments. Level Two infractions result in failing grades on assignments and course failure. Level Three infractions involve severe consequences, including probation, degree revocation, and dismissal from the university.

Behavioral Misconduct and Property Violations. Grantham University also requires students to meet standards of behavior that fall outside the academic arena. The Student Rights and Responsibilities section details a list of prohibited student actions. Violating these rules can affect your standing at the university. The list includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Possessing or distributing illegal drugs
  • Breaking online etiquette standards
  • Using Grantham equipment for fraudulent means
  • Providing false or altered identification
  • Creating a public disturbance
  • Abusing student resources
  • Gaining access to unauthorized computer systems
  • Threatening university members
  • Endangering the physical or mental health of university members
  • Making obscene or harassing comments toward university members
  • Failing to pay university financial obligations
  • Failing to comply with lawful directions of school officials or staff members

Discrimination. Universities that receive federal funding must follow Title IX rules to ensure a discrimination-free educational environment. Grantham University prohibits all forms of discrimination related to sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, physical handicap, veteran status, and other protected groups. Grantham University follows the new Title IX rules. Any of the following acts are violations of Title IX and can lead to university sanctions:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Unwelcome conduct based on an individual's perceived sex
  • Inappropriate language based on gender identity
  • Sexual acts without the consent of the victim
  • Sexual assault, including rape
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Stalking
  • Sexting

Misconduct Procedures at Grantham University

Grantham University employs different procedures for misconduct allegations. They outline their disciplinary procedures in the university catalog. Below is an outline of Grantham University's disciplinary process.

Satisfactory Academic Progress. Grantham University places students on an SAP Warning for one semester if they fail to meet GPA or course completion requirements. Students must meet SAP standards during their next academic review, or they face suspension. During the suspension, students may not receive federal student aid. Students must file an appeal to regain eligibility. If approved, students go on academic probation for one semester or until they improve their academic standing. This process may also include a reduced course load or other requirements.

Discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator investigates discrimination and harassment allegations. Grantham University follows the Thompson Coburn Training Series when investigating Title IX violations. Students who refute allegations have the right to a live hearing. During the hearing, students can use an advisor of their choice to cross-examine witnesses and parties. An attorney can help you present evidence and defend yourself against Title IX violations during your hearing.

Academic Integrity, Behavior Misconduct and Property Violations. Grantham University provides students the right to due process during misconduct proceedings. For these types of violations, the university uses the following disciplinary procedure:

  • An academic administrator, Code of Conduct Committee, or department head reviews allegations
  • The university notifies the student in writing of the violation and sanctions
  • The student refutes the allegations by submitting an online appeal within seven days
  • The Provost reviews the appeal request and decides on a case resolution within ten calendar days
  • The Provost notifies the student of their decision in writing

An Attorney-Advisor's Role

Grantham University's disciplinary proceedings may seem intimidating, but you must challenge misconduct allegations. Attorney Joseph D. Lento of the Lento Law Firm is an experienced student discipline attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of conduct proceedings.

A misconduct allegation can disrupt your academic career and threaten your future. With so much at stake, you need to use resources to push back against sanctions. Joseph D. Lento can assure you follow procedure, create a defense, and protect your rights.

With a long track record of success in a wide range of cases, Joseph D. Lento has the knowledge and power to defend you and defeat a misconduct charge and to resolve other issues students may face at Grantham University. Contact the Lento Law Firm today to schedule a consultation by calling 888-535-3686.