University of New England College of Dental Medicine

The University of New England College of Dental Medicine (UNE) is dedicated to training students in every aspect of oral healthcare. In fact, they treat their students as members of the dental profession from day one and are given chances to treat real patients. Their hope is that these future dental professionals will continue to serve the patients in the surrounding community.

With such high expectations for their graduates, it's no wonder the atmosphere becomes incredibly competitive, causing some students to behave in ways they normally would not. If you or someone you love has been notified of a disciplinary action, dismissal hearing, or remediation meeting, an attorney-advisor will ensure their due process rights are upheld. Working with an attorney-advisor is the best way to guarantee a positive outcome for your case. Call the Lento Law Firm today.

University of New England College of Dental Medicine Code of Conduct

Around America, students are provided with handbooks that stipulate the policies and procedures they are expected to abide by. At UNE College of Dental Medicine, these policies and procedures regulate both academic and professional conduct, including:

  • Obeying the summons of a student conduct review hearing officer
  • Refraining from using or possessing illegal substances
  • Following the University's rules about how campus computers can be used
  • Abstaining from harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct
  • Following a particular code of ethics
  • Making sure to evacuate a building when the University asks you to

Additionally, students are expected to avoid academic misconduct, which includes such behaviors as:

  • Cheating, copying, or offering or receiving unauthorized help or information during an exam, quiz, lab report, or other assignment
  • Fabricating or falsifying data on an exam, lab report, paper, or other assignment
  • Destroying or altering another student's work
  • Submitting the same paper or report for multiple classes without permission
  • Plagiarizing someone else's work – using the research, records, materials, or ideas of another person on an exam, paper, or other assignment without giving them proper credit

If UNE College of Dental Medicine notifies you of disciplinary action for allegedly committing one of these violations, an attorney-advisor can help you craft a strong defense. Call today.

Remediation at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine

Throughout the academic year, dental students are expected to maintain the technical standards of the dental profession, which they must be able to demonstrate through their interactions, coursework, and clinical experiences. At the end of every year, the Academic and Professional Standards Committee (APSC) will review each students' progress in the program. If they discover a student is having a hard time meeting these technical standards, they may refer the student for a remediation plan.

At UNE College of Dental Medicine, students who are given a chance to remediate must do so during the summer between academic years. The remediation process allows them to work through any deficiencies they may have so they can rejoin their class in the fall. Unfortunately, if a student does not successfully complete the remediation plan, they will be referred for dismissal from the dental program.

Dismissal Proceedings at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine

The University of New England College of Dental Medicine is focused on protecting the integrity of its academic environment. As such, if they discover a student is struggling to maintain the technical standards of the dental professional, whether it is because of their interpersonal behavior or their academic skills, the student could be subject to a dismissal hearing.

The APSC will review the student's academic, clinical, ethical, and professional performance. If they recommend dismissal to the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, the student will have an opportunity to defend themselves at the hearing. At UNE, students can be dismissed for:

  • Getting an F in one or more classes
  • Getting an F in a remediated course or failing to remediate a courses
  • Violating the Code of Professional Conducts
  • Failing to meet the Technical Standards.

It is important to make sure you have a solid defense to present during this hearing to ensure your dream of becoming a dental professional is not cut short. The APSC will hear your defense and determine whether or not a dismissal is appropriate.

You will receive their decision in the mail, along with specific instructions for how to appeal. Appeals must be made to the Provost within seven business days of when the decision was received. Appeals can only be made on the following grounds:

  1. New evidence is available that could not have been presented at the time of the hearing.
  2. There was a procedural error that affected the outcome of the matter.

The Provost will notify the student of their decision within 15 business days of receiving the appeal. They will either uphold the decision or return it to the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine for reconsideration. If filing an appeal feels overwhelming, reach out to Lento Law Firm. Let us shoulder some of that burden for you.

Why You Should Work With an Attorney-Advisor

Getting into dental school can be very exciting. You have worked so hard during your undergraduate career to get to this place. So, it can be heartbreaking when you are notified that your time in school might be coming to an abrupt end. Unfortunately, many students decide to defend themselves in these situations, but they are so caught up in the emotion of the allegations that they cannot see clearly. Self-defense under such circumstances tends to lead to insufficient advocacy and unnecessary consequences.

For instance, if you are expelled or suspended from dental school, the punishment will be noted on your transcripts. If you try to continue your career elsewhere, you will have to explain the incident that warranted those punishments on your admissions application. Punishments like these can greatly impede your ability to be accepted into a new program.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have spent years helping dental students across the country in similar situations as yourself. They understand how nuanced proceedings such as these can be and will do everything in their power to advocate effectively on your behalf. Call our offices today at 888-535-3686 to schedule a consultation or visit us online.

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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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