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

Being accused of an academic dishonesty, integrity, or code of conduct violation at a nursing school in Virginia 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 students 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 a right to appeal the finding, appeal rounds are often limited, and you do not want to find yourself at a disadvantage.

Some 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 the instructor? For example, are you being accused of cheating using 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 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 process. 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.

Virginia 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:

Greater Richmond metro area

  • Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
  • Bryant & Stratton College - Richmond
  • Chester Career College
  • Chesterfield Career & Technical Center
  • ECPI University - Richmond
  • Fortis College - Richmond
  • Henrico County / St. Mary's Hospital School of Practical Nursing
  • Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • John Tyler Community College
  • Petersburg City Public Schools
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • South University - Richmond
  • Southside College of Health Sciences
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Hampton Roads

  • Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton
  • Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach
  • Central School of Practical Nursing
  • Centura College
  • Chesapeake Career Center
  • ECPI University - Newport News
  • ECPI University - Virginia Beach
  • Fortis College - Norfolk
  • Hampton University
  • Hampton University - College of Virginia Beach
  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Rappahannock Community College
  • Riverside College of Health Careers
  • Sentara College of Health Sciences
  • South University - Virginia Beach
  • Stratford University - Newport News
  • Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton
  • Thomas Nelson Community College - Historic Triangle
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing


  • Bedford County School of Practical Nursing
  • Centra College of Nursing
  • Liberty University
  • University of Lynchburg


  • ECPI University - Roanoke
  • Radford University - Roanoke Higher Education Center
  • Radford University Carilion
  • Virginia Western Community College

Washington, DC suburbs

  • America School of Nursing & Allied Health
  • Chamberlain University - Arlington
  • Columbia College
  • Eastern Virginia Career College
  • ECPI University - Northern Virginia
  • Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University - Virginia Science & Technology Campus
  • Marymount University
  • Medical Learning Center
  • Monroe Advanced Technical Academy
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Prince William County School of Practical Nursing
  • Saint Michael College of Allied Health
  • Standard Healthcare Services College of Nursing
  • Stratford University - Alexandria
  • Stratford University - Falls Church
  • Stratford University - Woodbridge
  • Ultimate Health School
  • University of Mary Washington

Other Virginia cities

  • Averett University
  • Blue Ridge Community College
  • Bluefield College
  • Buchanan County Career, Technology & Higher Learning Center
  • Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Danville Community College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Eastern Shore Community College
  • Germanna Community College
  • Giles County Technology Center
  • James Madison University
  • Lee County Career & Technical Center
  • Longwood University
  • Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Massanutten Technical Center
  • Medical Solutions Academy
  • Mountain Empire Community College
  • New River Community College
  • Page County Technical Center
  • Patrick Henry Community College
  • Paul D. Camp Community College
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Radford University
  • Ridgeview Practical Nursing Program
  • Russell County Career & Technology Center
  • Shenandoah University
  • Smyth Career & Technology Center
  • Southside Virginia Community College - Alberta
  • Southside Virginia Community College - Keysville
  • Southside Virginia Community College - South Boston
  • Southwest Virginia Community College
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Valley Career & Technical Center
  • Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program
  • Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Washington County Career & Technical Education Center
  • Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center
  • Wytheville Community College

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