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

Being accused of an academic dishonesty, integrity, or code of conduct violation at a nursing school in Washington 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 are often limited and you do not want to find yourself at a disadvantage. Common areas of concern can include is a 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? Are the academic resources and accommodations that were promised to you 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 you resolve the case. They can also help in seeking the least possible sanctions.

Washington 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:

Bremerton / Silverdale area

  • Olympic College


  • Saint Martin's University
  • South Puget Sound Community College


  • Bellevue College
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Green River College
  • Highline College
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • North Seattle College
  • Northwest University
  • Renton Technical College
  • Seattle Central College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Shoreline Community College
  • South Seattle College
  • University of Washington
  • University of Washington Bothell


  • Gonzaga University
  • Spokane Community College
  • Washington State University


  • Bates Technical College
  • Clover Park Technical College
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pierce College
  • Tacoma Community College
  • University of Washington Tacoma


  • Columbia Basin College
  • Washington State University - Tri-Cities


  • Clark College
  • Washington State University - Vancouver

Other Washington cities

  • Bellingham Technical College
  • Big Bend Community College
  • Centralia College
  • Grays Harbor College
  • Heritage University
  • Lower Columbia College
  • Peninsula College
  • Skagit Valley College
  • Walla Walla Community College
  • Walla Walla University
  • Washington State University - Walla Walla
  • Washington State University - Yakima
  • Wenatchee Valley College
  • Western Washington University
  • Whatcom Community College
  • Yakima Valley College

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