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

Being accused of an academic dishonesty, integrity, or Code of Conduct violation at a nursing school in New Jersey 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 could be found responsible unfairly. If you were 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.

Some common areas of concern can include: Is the school following its disciplinary policies and procedures? Did the school properly notify you 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 with an online resource? Is there an alternative explanation to the alleged misconduct? Were the academic resources and accommodations that were promised to you by the school provided?

Having the answers to these questions is critical to successfully defend 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.

New Jersey 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:

Atlantic City

  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Atlantic County Institute of Technology
  • Prism Career Institute - Egg Harbor Township
  • Stockton University

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

  • Burlington County Institute of Technology
  • Camden County College
  • Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
  • Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill
  • Rowan College at Burlington County
  • Rowan College of South Jersey - Gloucester
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Blackwood
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
  • Salem Community College

Edison / New Brunswick area

  • Avtech Institute of Technology
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Chamberlain University - North Brunswick
  • Georgian Court University
  • Lincoln Technical Institute - Iselin
  • Middlesex County College
  • Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
  • Monmouth County Vocational School District
  • Monmouth University
  • New Jersey City University at Brookdale
  • Ocean County College
  • Ocean County Vocational Technical School
  • Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
  • Universal Training Institute

New York City suburbs

  • Bergen Community College
  • Berkeley College - Woodland Park
  • Eastern International College - Jersey City
  • Eastwick College - Hackensack
  • Eastwick College - Ramsey
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician University
  • Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Jersey College - Teterboro
  • Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus
  • Merit Technical Institute
  • New Jersey City University
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Passaic County Technical Institute
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Saint Peter's University
  • William Paterson University


  • Best Care College
  • Bloomfield College
  • Caldwell University
  • County College of Morris
  • Eastern International College - Belleville
  • Essex County College
  • Healthcare Training Institute
  • JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • Morris County School of Technology
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Saint Elizabeth University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Trinitas School of Nursing
  • Union County College


  • Jersey College - Ewing
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Rider University
  • Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Thomas Edison State University

Other New Jersey cities

  • Cape May County Technical Schools
  • Rowan College of South Jersey - Cumberland
  • Warren County Community College
  • Warren County Technical School

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