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

Being accused of an academic dishonesty, integrity, or Code of Conduct violation at a nursing school in North Carolina 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 could lead to an unfair outcome.

Without an attorney advisor to guide you through the process, you could be found responsible unfairly. If 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?

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 to the alleged misconduct? Where 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 also help in seeking the least possible sanctions.

North Carolina 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:


  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Blue Ridge Community College
  • Haywood Community College
  • Mars Hill University
  • Region A Nursing Consortium
  • South College - Asheville
  • Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park


  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Catawba College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Chamberlain University - Charlotte
  • ECPI University - Charlotte
  • Gaston College
  • Mitchell Community College
  • Northeastern University - Charlotte
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Wingate University

Durham / Chapel Hill area

  • Duke University
  • Durham Technical Community College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Piedmont Community College
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Watts College of Nursing


  • Fayetteville State University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Methodist University
  • Miller-Motte College - Fayetteville

Greensboro / High Point area

  • ECPI University - Greensboro
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Randolph Community College
  • Rockingham Community College
  • South University - High Point Off-Campus Instructional Site
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro


  • ECPI University - Raleigh
  • Johnston Community College
  • Miller-Motte College - Raleigh
  • Wake Technical Community College


  • Cape Fear Community College
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington


  • Davidson-Davie Community College
  • Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Winston-Salem State University

Other North Carolina cities

  • Alamance Community College
  • Appalachian State University
  • Barton College
  • Beaufort County Community College
  • Bladen Community College
  • Brunswick Community College
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Campbell University
  • Carteret Community College
  • Catawba Valley Community College
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • Cleveland Community College
  • Coastal Carolina Community College
  • College of The Albemarle
  • Craven Community College
  • East Carolina University
  • Edgecombe Community College
  • Elon University
  • Foothills Nursing Consortium
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Halifax Community College
  • Isothermal Community College
  • James Sprunt Community College
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Mayland Community College
  • McDowell Technical Community College
  • Montgomery Community College
  • Nash Community College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Pitt Community College
  • Richmond Community College
  • Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • Robeson Community College
  • Sampson Community College
  • Sandhills Community College
  • South Piedmont Community College
  • Southeastern Community College
  • Southwestern Community College
  • Andrews University
  • Stanly Community College
  • Surry Community College
  • Tri-County Community College
  • University of Mount Olive
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Vance-Granville Community College
  • Wayne Community College
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Piedmont Community College
  • Wilkes Community College
  • Wilson Community College

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