What should I do if my high school student is accused of academic misconduct in Connecticut? VIDEO

When a high school student in Connecticut is accused of academic misconduct, it can have a dramatic effect on your child's ability to attend the college or university of their choice. Academic misconduct charges can include cheating on an exam, using unauthorized internet resources, plagiarism, cheating on college boards, the SAT, SAT subject matter exams, AP exams. It is crucial that your high school student is afforded their due process rights, that the charges are clearly defined, that the process used to investigate the charges is fair and that any resolution or sanction is proportionate and appropriate to the offense.

In particular, dealing with the college board requires a detailed understanding of the process to achieve the best possible outcome. The college board takes misconduct extremely seriously and often acts with a heavy hand in imposing sanctions.

An experienced attorney advisor will be your high school student's best ally to defend against academic misconduct charges and they should be involved as early as possible in the case.

Connecticut high schools where Joseph D. Lento can help as your child's student's academic misconduct advisor during investigations, hearings and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following school districts:


  • Andover Elementary School
  • Ansonia Public Schools
  • Ashford School
  • Avon Public Schools


  • Barkhamsted School
  • Berlin Public Schools
  • Bethany Public Schools (see Regional School District 5)
  • Bethel Public Schools
  • Bethlehem Schools (see Regional School District 14)
  • Bloomfield Public Schools
  • Bolton Public Schools
  • Branford Public Schools
  • Bridgeport Public Schools, Connecticut
  • Bristol Public Schools
  • Brookfield Public Schools
  • Brooklyn School


  • Canaan Schools (see Regional School District 1)
  • Canterbury Public Schools
  • Canton Public Schools
  • Chaplin Elementary School
  • Cheshire Public Schools
  • Chester Public Schools (see Regional School District 4)
  • Clinton Public Schools
  • Colchester Public Schools
  • Colebrook Consolidated School
  • Columbia Public Schools
  • Connecticut Technical High School System, Connecticut
  • Cornwall Consolidated School
  • Coventry Public Schools
  • Cromwell Public Schools


  • Danbury Public Schools, Connecticut
  • Darien Public Schools
  • Deep River Public Schools (see Regional School District 4)
  • Derby Public Schools
  • Durham Public Schools (see Regional School District 13)


  • East Granby Public Schools
  • East Haddam Public Schools
  • East Hampton Public Schools
  • East Hartford Public Schools
  • East Haven Public Schools
  • East Lyme Public Schools
  • East Windsor Public Schools
  • Enfield Public Schools
  • Eastford Elementary School
  • Easton Public Schools
  • Ellington Public Schools
  • Essex Public Schools (see Regional School District 4)


  • Fairfield Public Schools, Connecticut
  • Farmington Public Schools
  • Fields Memorial School
  • Franklin Elementary School


  • Glastonbury Public Schools
  • Granby Public Schools
  • Greenwich Public Schools
  • Griswold Public Schools
  • Groton Public Schools
  • Guilford Public Schools


  • Hamden Public Schools
  • Hampton Elementary School
  • Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut
  • Hartland School
  • Hebron School District
  • Horace W. Porter School


  • Kent Center School
  • Killingly Public Schools


  • Lebanon Public Schools
  • Ledyard Public Schools
  • Lisbon Central School
  • Litchfield Public Schools


  • Madison Public Schools
  • Manchester Public Schools
  • Mansfield Public Schools
  • Marlborough Public School District
  • Meriden Public Schools
  • Middlefield Public Schools (see Regional School District 13)
  • Middletown Public Schools
  • Milford Public Schools
  • Monroe Public Schools
  • Montville Public Schools


  • Naugatuck Public Schools
  • New Britain School District, Connecticut
  • New Canaan Public Schools
  • New Fairfield Public School District
  • New Hartford Public Schools
  • New Haven Public Schools, Connecticut
  • New London Public Schools
  • New Milford Public Schools
  • Newington Public Schools
  • Newtown Public Schools
  • Norfolk Schools (see Regional School District 7)
  • North Branford Public Schools
  • North Canaan Elementary School
  • North Haven Public Schools
  • North Stonington Public Schools
  • Northwestern Regional School District 7
  • Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
  • Norwich Public Schools


  • Old Saybrook Public Schools
  • Orange Elementary Schools
  • Oxford Public Schools


  • Plainfield Public Schools
  • Plainville Community Schools
  • Plymouth Public Schools
  • Pomfret Community School
  • Pomperaug Regional School District 15
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Preston Public Schools
  • Putnam Public Schools


  • Redding Public Schools
  • Regional School District 1
  • Regional School District 4
  • Regional School District 5
  • Regional School District 6
  • Regional School District 7
  • Regional School District 8
  • Regional School District 9
  • Regional School District 10
  • Regional School District 11
  • Regional School District 12
  • Regional School District 13
  • Regional School District 14
  • Regional School District 16
  • Regional School District 17
  • Regional School District 18
  • Regional School District 19
  • Ridgefield Public Schools
  • Rocky Hill Public Schools


  • Salem School
  • Salisbury Central School
  • Sayles Elementary School
  • Scotland Elementary School
  • Seymour Public Schools
  • Sharon Center School
  • Shelton Public Schools
  • Sherman School
  • Simsbury Public Schools
  • Somers Public Schools
  • Southington Public Schools
  • Stafford Public Schools
  • Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
  • Sterling Memorial School
  • Stonington Public Schools
  • Stratford Public Schools
  • Suffield Public Schools


  • Thomaston Public Schools
  • Thompson Public Schools
  • Tolland Public Schools
  • Torrington Public Schools
  • Trumbull Public Schools


  • Union Elementary School


  • Vernon Public Schools
  • Voluntown Elementary School


  • Wallingford Public Schools
  • Washington Public Schools (see Regional School District 12)
  • Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut
  • Waterford Public Schools
  • Watertown School System
  • West Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut
  • West Haven Public Schools
  • Westbrook Public Schools
  • Weston Public Schools
  • Westport Public Schools
  • Wethersfield Public Schools
  • Willington Public Schools (see Regional School District 19)
  • Wilton Public Schools
  • Winchester Public Schools
  • Windham Public Schools
  • Windsor Locks Public Schools
  • Windsor Public Schools
  • Woodbridge Public Schools (see Regional School District 5)
  • Woodstock Public Schools

It is critical to make certain academic misconduct charges at your child's Connecticut high school are handled properly and that the accused student's interests and rights are protected from as early as possible during the investigative and disciplinary process.  One reason, among many, is because even at high schools where a finding of responsibility for academic misconduct is made at a hearing, the investigation will set the stage for what the hearing panel is provided prior to a hearing (and what the hearing panel will in large part rely on at a hearing), and at high schools where the finding of responsibility is made solely through the investigative process, what takes place during the investigation itself will determine whether the accused student is found responsible or not responsible for academic misconduct.

Unfortunately, some parents make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when their child is accused of academic misconduct.  Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their school will be fair and impartial and will arrive at the truth.  In a perfect world this may be the case, but in a perfect world, being called to answer for alleged academic misconduct would not exist.

Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at schools throughout the nation for many years, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that an accused high school student's academic future is on the line. 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 high school students facing investigations and disciplinary cases in Connecticut and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National High School Academic Misconduct Defense Attorney 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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