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

Being accused of an academic dishonesty, integrity, or code of conduct violation at a nursing school in Massachusetts 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 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 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 you are found responsible, even if you have the 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 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 that were promised by the school provided? Having the answers to these questions is critical to successfully defending against allegations. An experienced attorney advisor will be able to 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, an attorney advisor can help resolve the case and they can help in seeking the least possible sanctions.

Massachusetts 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:

Boston metro area

  • Assabet Valley Regional Technical School
  • Bay State College
  • Blue Hills Regional Technical School
  • Boston College
  • Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Curry College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Endicott College
  • Fisher College
  • Framingham State University
  • Greater Lowell Technical High School
  • Laboure College
  • Lawrence Memorial / Regis College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massasoit Community College
  • MassBay Community College
  • Merrimack College
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Middlesex Community College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Quincy College
  • Regis College
  • Salem State University
  • Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
  • Simmons University
  • Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell


  • American International College
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • Holyoke Community College
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Westfield State University


  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption University
  • Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Becker College
  • Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester
  • Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Worcester State University

Other Massachusetts cities

  • Berkshire Community College
  • Bristol Community College
  • Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Greenfield Community College
  • McCann Technical School
  • Mildred Elley - Pittsfield
  • Southeastern Technical Institute
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School

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