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

Being accused of an academic dishonesty, integrity or Code of Conduct violation at a nursing school in Pennsylvania 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 a student is 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 the help of 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 can include: Is the school following its disciplinary policies and procedures? Where you probably 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 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, an attorney advisor can help resolve the case and they can also help in seeking the least possible sanctions.

Pennsylvania 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:

Allentown / Bethlehem area

  • Cedar Crest College
  • DeSales University
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown
  • Moravian College
  • Northampton Community College
  • Penn State Lehigh Valley
  • Luke's School of Nursing


  • Edinboro University
  • Fortis Institute - Erie
  • Gannon University
  • Great Lakes Institute of Technology
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Mercyhurst University - North East
  • Penn State Erie, The Behrend College


  • Central Penn College
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Messiah University
  • Penn State Harrisburg
  • Widener University - Harrisburg


  • Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
  • Millersville University
  • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Philadelphia metro area

  • Antonelli Medical and Professional Institute
  • Bucks County Community College
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Delaware County Community College
  • Delaware County Technical School
  • District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
  • Eastern University
  • Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Harcum College
  • Holy Family University
  • Immaculata University
  • La Salle University
  • Lincoln University
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Neumann University
  • Penn State Abington
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
  • PITC Institute
  • Prism Career Institute - Philadelphia
  • Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University
  • Widener University


  • Butler County Community College
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Carlow University
  • Chatham University
  • Citizens School of Nursing
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Community College of Beaver County
  • Duquesne University
  • Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
  • Forbes Road Career and Technology Center
  • Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing
  • La Roche University
  • Lenape Technical School
  • Mercy Hospital School of Nursing
  • Penn Commercial Business / Technical School
  • Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
  • Penn State New Kensington
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology
  • Pittsburgh Technical College
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Margaret School of Nursing
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing
  • Washington Health System School of Nursing
  • West Penn Hospital School of Nursing
  • Western Area Career & Technology Center
  • Westmoreland County Community College


  • Alvernia University
  • Penn State Berks
  • Reading Area Community College
  • Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences

Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area

  • Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
  • Fortis Institute - Scranton
  • Hazleton Area Career Center
  • King's College
  • Luzerne County Community College
  • Marywood University
  • Misericordia University
  • Penn State Hazleton
  • Penn State Worthington Scranton
  • University of Scranton
  • Wilkes University
  • Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center


  • Hanover Public School District
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • York County School of Technology

Other Pennsylvania cities

  • Allegany College of Maryland
  • Bloomsburg University
  • Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
  • Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center
  • Clarion County Career Center
  • Clarion University
  • Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
  • Commonwealth Technical Institute
  • Conemaugh School of Nursing
  • Crawford County Career & Technical Center
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Franklin County Career and Technology Center
  • Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing
  • Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
  • Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
  • Greene County Career and Technology Center
  • Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center
  • Indiana County Technology Center
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational Technical School
  • Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing
  • Lawrence County Career and Technical Center
  • Lebanon County Career and Technology Center
  • Lock Haven University
  • Mansfield University
  • Mercer County Career Center
  • Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Northern Tier Career Center
  • Penn College at Wellsboro
  • Penn State Altoona
  • Penn State Mont Alto
  • Penn State Schuylkill
  • Penn State Shenango
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Saint Francis University
  • Schuylkill Technology Center
  • Sharon Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Somerset County Technology Center
  • Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
  • UPMC Jameson School of Nursing
  • Venango Technology Center
  • Waynesburg University
  • Westminster College
  • Wilson College

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