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

International students at colleges and universities in Iowa 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 and 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, leading to deportation and possibly never being able to realistically return to the United States.

Because of what is at stake, you need to understand the dynamics behind misconduct charges, you need to understand the disciplinary process, and you need to take the necessary precautions before speaking with the 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.

Iowa 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:

  • AIB College of Business
  • Allen College
  • Briar Cliff University
  • Brown Mackie College Quad Cities
  • Buena Vista University
  • Central College
  • Clarke University
  • Coe College
  • Cornell College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Divine Word College
  • Dordt College
  • Drake University
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District
  • Ellsworth Community College
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
  • Graceland University Lamoni
  • Grand View University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton Technical College
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Indian Hills Community College
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Iowa State University
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • ITT Technical Institute Cedar Rapids
  • ITT Technical Institute Clive
  • Kaplan University Cedar Falls Campus
  • Kaplan University Cedar Rapids Campus
  • Kaplan University Council Bluffs Campus
  • Kaplan University Davenport Campus
  • Kaplan University Des Moines Campus
  • Kaplan University Mason City Campus
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Loras College
  • Luther College
  • Maharishi University of Management
  • Marshalltown Community College
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Morningside College
  • Mount Mercy University
  • North Iowa Area Community College
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar
  • Northwest Iowa Community College
  • Northwestern College
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport
  • Saint Ambrose University
  • Simpson College
  • Southeastern Community College
  • Southwestern Community College
  • St Luke's College
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Vatterott College Des Moines
  • Waldorf College
  • Wartburg College
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College
  • William Penn University

International students attending school in Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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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