What should I do if I am an international student accused of academic misconduct at my college or university in Alabama? VIDEO

International students at colleges and universities in Alabama worked hard and sacrificed much to go to school in the United States. That is why it is unfortunate that international students have more to lose when charged with academic or code of conduct violations. International students are also disproportionately accused of academic and other issues compared to American students. Common areas of concern include cheating, plagiarism, and failure to meet academic progress.

There are several factors behind these concerns, especially in cases involving academic integrity or dishonesty. Cultural differences. What is considered cheating in Western culture may not match that of other cultures and international students can find themselves unintentionally violating their student code of conduct. Blatant xenophobia. Professors and school administrators may view international students with greater scrutiny even if unintentionally. Language barriers. Even for international students who speak English fluently, many issues occur because of miscommunication or misunderstanding. Being found responsible for misconduct will have serious consequences.

In addition to academic and career goals being jeopardized, if an international student is suspended, dismissed, or expelled, their student visa can be revoked, which can lead to deportation and possibly never being able to realistically return to the United States. Because of what is at stake, you must understand the dynamics behind misconduct charges, you must understand the disciplinary process, and you must take the necessary precautions before speaking with the school. Your rights and interest will be best served by having an experienced attorney advisor defend you as soon as you learn of the allegations.

Alabama colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your international student's academic misconduct advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • Alabama A & M University
  • Alabama Southern Community College
  • Alabama State University
  • Amridge University
  • Auburn University
  • Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Bevill State Community College
  • Birmingham Southern College
  • Bishop State Community College
  • Brown Mackie College Birmingham
  • Central Alabama Community College
  • Chattahoochee Valley Community College
  • Columbia Southern University
  • Concordia College Selma
  • Enterprise State Community College
  • Faulkner University
  • Fortis College Mobile
  • Fortis College Montgomery
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • George C Wallace State Community College Dothan
  • George C Wallace State Community College Hanceville
  • George C Wallace State Community College Selma
  • H Councill Trenholm State Technical College
  • Heritage Christian University
  • Herzing University Birmingham
  • Huntingdon College
  • Huntsville Bible College
  • ITT Technical Institute Bessemer
  • ITT Technical Institute Madison
  • ITT Technical Institute Mobile
  • J F Drake State Technical College
  • Jacksonville State University
  • James H Faulkner State Community College
  • Jefferson Davis Community College
  • Jefferson State Community College
  • John C Calhoun State Community College
  • Judson College
  • Lawson State Community College Birmingham Campus
  • Lurleen B Wallace Community College
  • Marion Military Institute
  • Miles College
  • Northeast Alabama Community College
  • Northwest Shoals Community College Muscle Shoals
  • Oakwood University
  • Prince Institute of Professional Studies Inc
  • Reid State Technical College
  • Remington College Mobile Campus
  • Samford University
  • Selma University
  • Shelton State Community College
  • Snead State Community College
  • South University Montgomery
  • Southeastern Bible College
  • Southern Union State Community College
  • Spring Hill College
  • Stillman College
  • Talladega College
  • The University of Alabama
  • Tri State Institute
  • Troy University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • University of Mobile
  • University of Montevallo
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of Phoenix Birmingham Campus
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of West Alabama
  • Virginia College Birmingham
  • Virginia College Huntsville
  • Virginia College Mobile
  • Virginia College Montgomery

International students attending school in Alabama have traveled far from home, having left family and friends behind, all with the goal of bettering themselves through education, whether it involves an undergraduate or graduate degree, or a professional program such as medical school or an MBA.

In part because of having sacrificed so much to come to school in the United States, even more is at stake for international students accused of academic misconduct or code of conduct charges.  Because of the challenges the average American student will face when responding to misconduct allegations, it is unfortunate that this concern is more pronounced when an international student is faced with school disciplinary proceedings.

That is why it is critical to have someone in your corner who understands the disciplinary process and what is at stake for an international student and is solely dedicated to your cause.   Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have helped hundreds of international students at schools in Alabama and throughout the United States successfully resolve disciplinary issues that could have not only jeopardized their academic and professional careers, but also their ability to remain in the United States in light of student visa implications

Joseph Lento and the Lento Law Firm fight nationwide on behalf of their international student clients and they have unparalleled experience and success in resolving their clients' issues and concerns.  Joseph D. 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 international students facing school disciplinary proceedings in Alabama and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your international student's interests are protected during the school disciplinary process - Contact National Academic Misconduct Advisor 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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