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

When a high school student in Louisiana 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 Board Assessments, the SAT, SAT subject matter exams, AP exams. It's crucial that your high school student is afforded their due process rights, that the charges are clearly defined, that the process to investigate the charges is fair and that any resolution or sanction is proportionate and appropriate to the offense.

In particular, interacting 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 from as early as possible in the case.

Louisiana 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:

A

  • Acadia Parish Schools
  • Allen Parish School Board
  • Ascension Parish Schools
  • Assumption Parish School Board
  • Avoyelles Parish School Board
  • Avoyelles Public Charter School-Agency

B

  • Beauregard Parish School Board
  • Belle Chasse Academy Inc.-Agency
  • Bienville Parish School Board
  • Bossier Parish Schools

C

  • Caddo Parish Public Schools
  • Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
  • Caldwell Parish School Board
  • Cameron Parish School Board
  • Catahoula Parish School Board
  • Central Community School System
  • City of Baker School System
  • City of Bogalusa School Board
  • City of Monroe School Board
  • Claiborne Parish School Board
  • Concordia Parish School Board

D

  • DeSoto School Board

E

  • East Baton Rouge Arts and Technology School-Agency
  • East Baton Rouge Parish School System
  • East Carroll Parish School Board
  • East Feliciana Parish School Board
  • Evangeline Parish School Board

F

  • Franklin Parish School Board

G

  • Grant Parish School Board

I

  • Iberia Parish School System

J

  • Jackson Parish School Board
  • Jefferson Davis Parish School Board
  • Jefferson Parish Public School System

L

  • Lafayette Parish School System
  • Lafourche Parish School District
  • LaSalle Parish School Board
  • Lincoln Parish School Board
  • Livingston Parish Public Schools
  • Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts
  • Louisiana School for the Deaf
  • Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired

M

  • Madison Parish School Board
  • Morehouse Parish School Board

N

  • Natchitoches Parish School Board
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts-Agency
  • New Orleans Public Schools

O

  • Orleans Parish School Board
  • Ouachita Parish School System

P

  • Plaquemines Parish School Board
  • Pointe Coupee Parish School Board

R

  • Rapides Parish School System
  • Recovery School District
  • Red River Parish School Board
  • Richland Parish School Board

S

  • Sabine Parish School Board
  • Saint Bernard Parish School Board
  • Charles Parish Public Schools
  • Saint Helena Parish School Board
  • Saint James Parish School Board
  • Saint John the Baptist Parish School Board
  • Saint Landry Parish School Board
  • Saint Martin Parish School Board
  • Mary Parish Schools
  • Tammany Parish Public Schools
  • Southern University Laboratory School

T

  • Tangipahoa Parish School System
  • Tensas Parish School Board
  • Terrebonne Parish School District

U

  • Union Parish School Board

V

  • Vermilion Parish Schools
  • Vernon Parish School District
  • Virgil Browne Glencoe Charter School-Agency

W

  • Washington Parish School Board
  • Webster Parish School Board
  • West Baton Rouge Parish School Board
  • West Carroll Parish School Board
  • West Feliciana Parish School Board
  • Winn Parish School Board

Z

  • Zachary Community School District

It is critical to make certain academic misconduct charges at your child's Louisiana 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," th