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

International students at colleges and universities in South Dakota 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 including 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 result in 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.

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