What should a student do if charged with an academic or code of conduct violation at a nursing school in California? VIDEO

Being accused of an academic dishonesty, integrity, or code of conduct violation at a nursing school in California can have serious consequences if found responsible. Suspension or dismissal are possible even for seemingly minor offenses. Nursing is a profession involving trust because it involves patients and access to prescription drugs. If found responsible, this can have a major potential impact on your ability to complete your nursing program and to become licensed.

Schools often seek to hold a student accountable with little or no evidence. Schools also often do not follow their own policies which can lead to an unfair outcome. Without an attorney advisor to guide you through the process, you can be found responsible unfairly. If found responsible even if you have the right to appeal a finding, appeal grounds can be limited, and you do not want to find yourself at a disadvantage.

Common areas of concern include:; is the school following its disciplinary policies and procedures? Were you properly notified of the charges? Did you have the opportunity to review the evidence? Did you have a meaningful discussion with your instructor? For example, were you accused of cheating using an online resource? Is there an alternative explanation for the alleged misconduct? Were the academic resources and accommodations as promised by the school provided? How these questions or answers critical to successfully defending against allegations?

An experienced attorney advisor can help you present the strongest possible defense to the charges of misconduct, and they should be involved from as early as possible in the case. Even if the allegations are true, and attorney advisor can help resolve the matter, and also help in seeking to get the least possible sanctions.

California nursing schools where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your nursing student's academic misconduct or code of conduct advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:


  • Bakersfield Adult School
  • Bakersfield College
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • Cerro Coso Community College - Indian Wells Valley
  • Cerro Coso Community College - Kern River Valley
  • Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield
  • Unitek College - Bakersfield
  • University of Phoenix - Bakersfield Learning Center


  • California State University, Fresno
  • Clovis Adult Education
  • Fresno Adult School
  • Fresno City College
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Gurnick Academy - Fresno
  • University of Phoenix - Central Valley

Inland Empire

  • American Career College - Ontario
  • Baldy View Regional Occupational Program
  • Beaumont Adult School
  • California Baptist University
  • California Nurses Educational Institute
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley
  • Chaffey College
  • College of the Desert
  • Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
  • Concorde Career College - San Bernardino
  • Copper Mountain College
  • Loma Linda University
  • San Jacinto College
  • North-West College - Riverside
  • Palo Verde College
  • Riverside City College
  • San Bernardino Adult School
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Santa Barbara Business College - Rancho Mirage
  • Sierra Pacific College
  • Summit College - Colton
  • UEI College - San Bernardino
  • University of Phoenix - Murrieta Learning Center
  • University of Phoenix - Southern California
  • Victor Valley College
  • West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario

Los Angeles County

  • Advanced College
  • Allied Medical & Health Services
  • American Career College
  • American Career College - St. Francis in Lynwood
  • American Medical Sciences Center
  • American University of Health Sciences
  • Angeles College
  • Angeles Institute
  • Annenberg School of Nursing
  • Antelope Valley College
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education
  • Biola University
  • California Career College
  • California Career Institute - Hawthorne
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Career Care Institute
  • Career Development Institute
  • Casa Loma College
  • Cerritos College
  • CES College
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Citrus College
  • College of Nursing & Technology
  • College of the Canyons
  • Compton College
  • Concorde Career College - North Hollywood
  • Downey Adult School
  • East Los Angeles College
  • East Los Angeles Occupational Center
  • East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program
  • El Camino College
  • El Monte-Rosemead Adult School
  • Glendale Career College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
  • High Desert Medical College
  • Homestead Schools
  • Infotech Career College
  • Integrity College of Health
  • Jordan-Locke Community Adult School
  • Long Beach City College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Los Angeles Job Corps Center
  • Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Lynwood Community Adult School
  • Manual Arts-Crenshaw Community Adult School
  • Marian College - Los Angeles
  • Marian College - Van Nuys
  • Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center
  • Medical Allied Career Center
  • Medical Career Institute
  • Mount Saint Mary's University
  • San Antonio College
  • North Valley Occupational Center
  • North-West College - Long Beach
  • North-West College - Pasadena
  • North-West College - Pomona
  • North-West College - West Covina
  • Pasadena City College
  • Pierce College
  • Platt College - Los Angeles
  • Pomona Adult & Career Education
  • Preferred College of Nursing - Carson
  • Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles
  • Preferred College of Nursing - Van Nuys
  • Premiere Career College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Saint Joseph's School of Nursing
  • Santa Monica College
  • Trinity Vocational Center
  • University of Antelope Valley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Phoenix - Gardena Learning Center
  • University of Phoenix - Lancaster Learning Center
  • University of Phoenix - Pasadena Learning Center
  • University of Southern California
  • Valley College of Medical Careers
  • Valley School of Allied Health
  • West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Los Angeles
  • West Coast University
  • West Valley Occupational Center
  • Western University of Health Sciences


  • Merced College
  • WestMed College - Merced


  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • Gurnick Academy - Modesto
  • Modesto Junior College


  • Napa Valley College
  • Pacific Union College

Orange County

  • American Career College - Orange County
  • Bethesda University
  • Brandman University
  • California Career Institute - Garden Grove
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • CNI College
  • Concorde Career College - Garden Grove
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • Cypress College
  • Golden West College
  • North Orange County Regional Occupational Program
  • Pacific College
  • Saddleback College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Stanbridge University
  • Summit College - Anaheim
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Phoenix - La Palma Learning Center
  • Vanguard University

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area

  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • Career Care Institute - Ventura
  • Moorpark College
  • Professional Medical Careers Institute
  • Ventura College


  • American River College
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Carrington College - Sacramento
  • Chamberlain University - Sacramento
  • Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
  • Curam College of Nursing
  • Sacramento City College
  • Sierra College
  • Unitek College - Sacramento
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley
  • Weimar Institute


  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Hartnell College
  • Monterey Peninsula College

San Diego County

  • California College San Diego
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • Concorde Career College - San Diego
  • Grossmont College
  • Grossmont Health Occupations Center
  • MiraCosta College
  • National University
  • Palomar College
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Continuing Education
  • San Diego State University
  • Southwestern College
  • UEI College - Chula Vista
  • United States University
  • University of Phoenix - San Diego
  • University of San Diego

San Francisco Bay metro area

  • American College of Nursing
  • Bay Area College of Nursing - Daly City
  • Bay Area College of Nursing - Palo Alto
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Carrington College - San Jose
  • Chabot College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • College of Marin
  • College of San Mateo
  • Contra Costa College
  • De Anza College
  • Dominican University of California
  • Evergreen Valley College
  • Gavilan College
  • Gurnick Academy - Concord
  • Gurnick Academy - San Mateo
  • Holy Names University
  • Los Medanos College
  • Medical Career College
  • Merritt College
  • Mission College
  • Diablo Adult Education
  • Ohlone College
  • Oikos University
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Unitek College
  • Unitek College - Concord
  • Unitek College - Hayward
  • Unitek College - San Jose
  • Unitek College - South San Francisco
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of San Francisco
  • WestMed College - San Jose

San Luis Obispo

  • Cuesta College

Santa Barbara

  • Allan Hancock College
  • Santa Barbara Business College - Santa Maria
  • Santa Barbara City College

Santa Cruz

  • Cabrillo College


  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Sonoma State University


  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Xavier College

Vallejo / Fairfield area

  • Blake Austin College
  • InterCoast College - Fairfield
  • PRIME Career College
  • Solano Community College
  • Touro University California

Visalia / Porterville area

  • College of the Sequoias
  • Dinuba Adult School
  • Porterville College
  • San Joaquin Valley College
  • Tulare Adult School
  • University of Phoenix - Visalia Learning Center
  • Visalia Adult School

Other California cities

  • Butte College
  • California State University, Chico
  • Cerro Coso Community College - Eastern Sierra College Center
  • College of the Redwoods
  • College of the Redwoods - Del Norte
  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Feather River College - Fall River Mills
  • Feather River College - Quincy
  • Hanford Adult School
  • Imperial Valley College
  • Institute of Technology
  • Lassen Community College
  • Madera Community College
  • Mendocino College
  • San Diego State University - Imperial Valley
  • Shasta College
  • Simpson University
  • Tri-County Regional Occupational Program
  • Ukiah Adult School
  • West Hills College Lemoore
  • Yuba College

Nursing is a noble calling – one built on care and trust – and nursing students at schools in California have worked hard and invested much to achieve their goals.   Whether a nursing student is studying to become an LPN, a registered nurse, a nurse practitioner, or a nurse anesthetist, everything is at stake when accused of academic misconduct or a code of conduct violation.  Future educational and employment opportunities, clinical placements, and professional licensing are all at risk.  Nursing students need to take allegations seriously, regardless of their merits.

Nursing schools can often be in a rush to judgment with no regard for a nursing student's rights and interests, and you must have professional assistance to work towards a fair process and favorable outcome.   Nursing students facing disciplinary proceedings at their school need someone in their corner who is solely dedicated to their cause, and attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped hundreds of nursing students in California and across the nation protect their good name and academic and professional goals. 

Joseph Lento and the Lento Law Firm fight nationwide on behalf of their nursing student clients and they have unparalleled experience and success in resolving nursing school issues and concerns.  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 he serves as an advisor for nursing students facing school disciplinary proceedings in California and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your nursing student's interests are protected during the nursing school disciplinary process - Contact National Nursing Student Defense Attorney 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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