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

International students at colleges and universities in Connecticut 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 standards.

There are several reasons 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 may find themselves unintentionally in violation of their school's code of conduct. Latent 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 your school. Your rights and interests will be best served by having an experienced attorney advisor defend you, as soon as you learn of the allegations.

Connecticut 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:

State Universities:

  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Central Connecticut State University 
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • University of Connecticut

State-Run Colleges:

  • Asnuntuck Community College
  • Capital Community College
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Gateway Community College
  • Housatonic Community College
  • Manchester Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College
  • Norwalk Community College
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College
  • Three Rivers Community College
  • Tunxis Community College

Federal-Level Military Academy

  • United States Coast Guard Academy

Private Colleges and Universities

  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Connecticut College
  • Fairfield University
  • Goodwin College
  • Hartford Seminary
  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Mitchell College
  • New England Baptist College
  • University of New Haven
  • Paier College of Art
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer at Hartford
  • Sacred Heart University
  • St. Vincent's College
  • Trinity College
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Saint Joseph
  • Wesleyan University
  • Yale University

For-Profit Colleges

  • Lincoln College of New England (formerly Briarwood College)
  • Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Post University

International students attending school in Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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 c