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

When a high school student in Maine is accused of academic misconduct charges, 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 is 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.

Maine 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:

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  • Acton School Department
  • Airline Community School District
  • Alna School Department
  • Arundel School Department
  • Auburn School Department
  • Augusta School Department

B

  • Bangor School Department
  • Bath School Department
  • Beddington School Department
  • Berwick School Department
  • Biddeford School Department
  • Bowerbank School Department
  • Brewer School Department
  • Bridgewater School Department
  • Brunswick School Department
  • Bucksport School Department
  • Buxton School Department

C

  • Cape Elizabeth School Department
  • Caratunk School Department
  • Caribou School Department
  • Carrabassett Valley School Department
  • Caswell School Department
  • Chebeague Island School Department
  • Coplin Plantation School Department

D

  • Deblois School Department
  • Dedham School Department
  • Deer Isle-Stonington Community School District
  • Dennistown Plantation School Department
  • Dresden School Department

E

  • East Machias School Department
  • East Range Community School District
  • Easton School Department
  • Ellsworth School Department

F

  • Falmouth School Department
  • Fayette School Department
  • Five Town Community School District
  • Flanders Bay Community School District
  • Franklin School Department
  • Freeport School Department

G

  • Gilead School Department
  • Glenburn School Department
  • Glenwood Plantation School Department
  • Gorham School Department
  • Grand Isle School Department
  • Great Salt Bay Community School District

H

  • Hanover School Department
  • Harmony School Department
  • Hermon School Department
  • Hersey School Department
  • Highland Plantation School Department

I

  • Isle au Haut School Department
  • Islesboro School Department

J

  • Jay School Department

K

  • Kittery School Department

L

  • Lake View Plantation School Department
  • Lewiston School Department
  • Limestone School Department
  • Long Island School Department
  • Lowell School Department

M

  • Madawaska School Department
  • Maine School Administrative District 1 – 77
  • Maranacook Community School District
  • Medford School Department
  • Millinocket School Department
  • Monhegan Plantation School Department
  • Monmouth School Department
  • Moosabec Community School District
  • Moro Plantation School Department
  • Mount Desert Community School District

N

  • Nashville Plantation School Department
  • Norway School Department

O

  • Oak Hill Community School District
  • Old Orchard Beach School Department
  • Old Town School Department
  • Orland School Department

P

  • Peninsula Community School District
  • Pleasant Ridge Plantation School Department
  • Portland School Department

R

  • Raymond School Department
  • Richmond School Department

S

  • Sanford School Department
  • Scarborough School Department
  • Schoodic Community School District
  • Seboeis Plantation School Department
  • South Portland School Department
  • Southern Aroostook Community School District

T

  • The Forks Plantation School Department
  • Topsham School Department

U

  • Upton School Department

W

  • Waterboro School Department
  • Waterville School Department
  • Wells-Ogunquit Community School District
  • West Forks Plantation School Department
  • Westbrook School Department
  • Westport Island School Department
  • Windham School Department
  • Winthrop School Department
  • Wiscasset School Department

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  • York School Department

It is critical to make certain academic misconduct charges at your child's Maine 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 Maine 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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