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

International students at colleges and universities in Illinois 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 can 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 need to 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.

Illinois 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:

  • American Academy of Art
  • American InterContinental University Online
  • Argosy University Chicago
  • Argosy University Schaumburg
  • Augustana College
  • Aurora University
  • Benedictine University
  • Black Hawk College
  • Blackburn College
  • Bradley University
  • Carl Sandburg College
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois
  • Chicago State University
  • Christian Life College
  • City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College
  • City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College
  • City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy King College
  • City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College
  • City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College
  • City Colleges of Chicago Richard J Daley College
  • City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College
  • College of DuPage
  • College of Lake County
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Danville Area Community College
  • DePaul University
  • DeVry University Illinois
  • Dominican University
  • East West University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elgin Community College
  • Elmhurst College
  • Eureka College
  • Fox College Inc .
  • Greenville College
  • Harper College
  • Harrington College of Design
  • Heartland Community College
  • Hebrew Theological College
  • Highland Community College
  • Illinois Central College
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Frontier Community College
  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Lincoln Trail College
  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney Central College
  • Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Wabash Valley College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois Valley Community College
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • International Academy of Design and Technology Chicago
  • ITT Technical Institute Mount Prospect
  • ITT Technical Institute Oak Brook
  • ITT Technical Institute Orland Park
  • John A Logan College
  • John Wood Community
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Judson University
  • Kankakee Community College
  • Kaskaskia College
  • Kendall College
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lake Land College
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Chicago
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Lewis University
  • Lexington College
  • Lincoln Christian University
  • Lincoln College
  • Lincoln Land Community College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • MacCormac College
  • MacMurray College
  • McHenry County College
  • McKendree University
  • Methodist College of Nursing
  • Midstate College
  • Millikin University
  • Monmouth College
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Morrison Institute of Technology
  • Morton College
  • National Louis University
  • North Central College
  • North Park University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern College
  • Northwestern College Southwestern Campus
  • Northwestern University
  • Oakton Community College
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
  • Parkland College
  • Prairie State College
  • Quincy University
  • Rend Lake College
  • Richland Community College
  • Robert Morris University Illinois
  • Rock Valley College
  • Rockford Career College
  • Rockford College
  • Roosevelt University
  • Saint Augustine College
  • Saint Xavier University
  • Sanford Brown College Collinsville
  • Sanford Brown College Hillside
  • Sauk Valley Community College
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shawnee Community College
  • Shimer College
  • South Suburban College
  • Southeastern Illinois College
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Spoon River College
  • Taylor Business Institute
  • Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
  • The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago
  • The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg
  • Trinity Christian College
  • Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Trinity International University
  • Triton College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
  • University of St Francis
  • VanderCook College of Music
  • Vatterott College Quincy
  • Waubonsee Community College
  • Western Illinois University
  • Westwood College Chicago Loop
  • Westwood College Dupage
  • Westwood College O'Hare Airport
  • Westwood College River Oaks
  • Wheaton College

Internationals student attending school in Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your international student's interests are protected during the school disciplinary process - Contact National Academic Misconduct Attorney & 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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