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

Being accused of an academic dishonesty, integrity, or code of conduct violation at a nursing school in Illinois can have serious consequences if a student is 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 the student's ability to complete their nursing program and to become licensed.

Schools often seek to hold a student accountable with little or no evidence. Schools 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 could be found responsible unfairly. If you are found responsible, even if you have a right to appeal the finding, appeal grounds can be limited, and you do not want to find yourself at a disadvantage.

Common areas of concern can 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 are answered is 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 as early as possible in the case. Even if the allegations are true, an attorney advisor can help resolve the case and can also help in seeking the least possible sanctions.

Illinois 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:

Chicagoland metro area

  • Adonis College of Nursing
  • Ambria College of Nursing
  • Americare Technical School
  • Aquarius Institute
  • ATS Institute of Technology - Chicago
  • Aurora University
  • Benedictine University
  • CAAN Academy of Nursing
  • Chamberlain University - Chicago
  • Chicago ORT Technical Institute
  • Chicago State University
  • City Colleges of Chicago
  • College of DuPage
  • College of Lake County
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • East-West University
  • Elgin Community College
  • Elmhurst University
  • Governors State University
  • Great Paragon Healthcare
  • Harper College
  • Illinois College of Nursing
  • J'Renee College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • McHenry County College
  • Midwestern Career College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Morton College
  • North Park University
  • Northbrook College of Health Care
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern College
  • Oakton Community College
  • Prairie State College
  • Rasmussen College - Romeoville / Joliet
  • Resurrection University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Rush University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • SOLEX College
  • South Suburban College
  • State Career College
  • Trinity Christian College
  • Triton College
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of St. Francis
  • Verve College
  • Waubonsee Community College


  • Bradley University
  • Illinois Central College
  • Methodist College
  • Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria
  • Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing


  • Rasmussen College - Rockford
  • Rock Valley College
  • Rockford Career College
  • Rockford University
  • Saint Anthony College of Nursing


  • Capital Area School of Practical Nursing
  • Lincoln Land Community College
  • Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield
  • John's College

St. Louis suburbs

  • Beck School of Practical Nursing
  • CALC, Institute of Technology
  • Kaskaskia College
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • McKendree University
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Southwestern Illinois College

Other Illinois cities

  • Black Hawk College
  • Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Carl Sandburg College
  • Danville Area Community College
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Graham Hospital School of Nursing
  • Heartland Community College
  • Highland Community College
  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois Valley Community College
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • John A. Logan College
  • John Wood Community College
  • Kankakee Community College
  • Lake Land College
  • Lakeview College of Nursing
  • Millikin University
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Parkland College
  • Rend Lake College
  • Richland Community College
  • Sauk Valley Community College
  • Shawnee Community College
  • Southeastern Illinois College
  • Spoon River College
  • Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Western Illinois University

Nursing is a noble calling – one built on care and trust – and nursing students at schools in Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois 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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