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

International students at colleges and universities in West Virginia 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 more critically, 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 can 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.

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 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.

West Virginia 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:

  • Alderson Broaddus College
  • American Public University System
  • Appalachian Bible College
  • Bethany College
  • Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
  • Bluefield State College
  • Bridgemont Community and Technical College
  • Concord University
  • Davis & Elkins College
  • Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College
  • Fairmont State University
  • Glenville State College
  • Huntington Junior College
  • ITT Technical Institute Huntington
  • Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College
  • Marshall University
  • Mountain State College
  • Mountain State University
  • Mountwest Community and Technical College
  • New River Community and Technical College
  • Ohio Valley University
  • Pierpont Community and Technical College
  • Potomac State College of West Virginia University
  • Salem International University
  • Shepherd University
  • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
  • University of Charleston
  • Valley College Beckley
  • Valley College Martinsburg
  • Valley College Princeton
  • West Liberty University
  • West Virginia Business College Wheeling
  • West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport
  • West Virginia Junior College Charleston
  • West Virginia Junior College Morgantown
  • West Virginia Northern Community College
  • West Virginia State University
  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

International students attending school in West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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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