What should I do if my college student is accused of academic misconduct on an online exam or assignment in Pennsylvania? VIDEO

Colleges and universities in Pennsylvania have increased their use of online education and technology, and as a result, college students can unfortunately often find themselves accused of academic misconduct or an academic integrity violation for their taking of an online exam or their submission of an online assignment. Allegations of this nature can vary, they can include plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, using unauthorized resources, including internet resources, having unauthorized assistance, violation of testing conditions.

Professors are often quick to accuse a student without completing a full investigation, or even interviewing a student, and schools in Pennsylvania often our rush to judgment. Defending against allegations of this nature requires a very careful analysis of the exam or assignment in question and anything related in addition to the response to the exam or assignment, so that it can be determined exactly what took place, and whether there is an alternative explanation to the allegations of academic misconduct.

Having an experienced attorney advisor will be your best ally to help you understand and navigate the disciplinary process at your school and will be able to best defend against charges of this nature.

Pennsylvania colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's academic misconduct advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals involving allegations related to an online exam or assignment include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • Albright College
  • Allegheny College
  • Arcadia University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bloomsburg University
  • Bucknell University
  • Cabrini University
  • Cairn University
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Carlow University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cedar Crest College
  • Central Penn College
  • Chatham University
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Cheyney University
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Delaware Valley University
  • DeSales University ​
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern University
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Gannon University
  • Geneva College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grove City College
  • Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Harcum College
  • Haverford College
  • Holy Family University
  • Immaculata University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Juniata College
  • Keystone College
  • King's College
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Lackawanna College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • La Roche College
  • La Salle University
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lincoln University
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Lycoming College
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • Marywood University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Messiah College
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Misericordia University
  • Moravian College
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Neumann University
  • Peirce College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia University
  • Point Park University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rosemont College
  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Seton Hill University
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Susquehanna University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Thiel College
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University Of The Arts
  • University of the Sciences
  • University of Scranton
  • Ursinus College
  • Valley Forge Military Academy
  • Villanova University
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Waynesburg University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Westminster College
  • Widener University
  • Wilkes University
  • York College of Pennsylvania

Although far from perfect, online and remote learning can have benefits, but these potential benefits aside, it is an unfortunate reality that academic misconduct charges related to online exams and assignments can upend an accused student's life if not properly addressed, and Joseph D. Lento has many years' experience passionately fighting for the future of his clients at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph 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 serves as an academic misconduct advisor to students facing disciplinary cases in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Academic Misconduct Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686 or by completing our online form.

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