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

When a high school student in Mississippi 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 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 used 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.

Mississippi 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

  • Aberdeen School District
  • Alcorn School District
  • Amite County School District
  • Amory School District
  • Attala County School District

B

  • Baldwyn School District
  • Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District
  • Benoit School District
  • Benton County School District
  • Biloxi Public School District
  • Booneville School District
  • Brookhaven School District

C

  • Calhoun County School District
  • Canton Public School District
  • Carroll County School District
  • Chickasaw County School District
  • Choctaw County School District
  • Claiborne County School District
  • Clarksdale Municipal School District
  • Clay County School District
  • Cleveland School District
  • Clinton Public School District
  • Coahoma County School District
  • Coffeeville School District
  • Columbia School District
  • Columbus Municipal School District
  • Copiah County School District
  • Corinth School District
  • Covington County School District

D

  • DeSoto County School District
  • Drew School District
  • Durant Public School District

E

  • East Jasper School District
  • East Tallahatchie School District
  • Enterprise School District

F

  • Forest Municipal School District
  • Forrest County School District
  • Franklin County School District

G

  • George County School District
  • Greene County School District
  • Greenville Public School District
  • Greenwood Public School District
  • Grenada School District
  • Gulfport School District

H

  • Hancock County School District
  • Harrison County School District
  • Hattiesburg Public School District
  • Hazlehurst City School District
  • Hinds County School District
  • Hollandale School District
  • Holly Springs School District
  • Holmes County School District
  •  Houston School District
  • Humphreys County School District

I

  • Indianola School District
  • Itawamba County School District

J

  • Jackson County School District
  • Jackson Public School District
  • Jefferson County School District
  • Jefferson Davis County School District
  • Jones County School District

K

  • Kemper County School District
  • Kosciusko School District

L

  • Lafayette County School District
  • Lamar County School District
  • Lauderdale County School District
  • Laurel School District
  • Lawrence County School District
  • Leake County School District
  • Lee County School District
  • Leflore County School District
  • Leland School District
  • Lincoln County School District
  • Long Beach School District
  • Louisville Municipal School District
  • Lowndes County School District
  • Lumberton Public School District

M

  • Madison County School District
  • Marion County School District
  • Marshall County School District
  • McComb School District
  • Meridian Public School District
  • Monroe County School District
  • Montgomery County School District
  • Moss Point School District
  • Mound Bayou Public School District

N

  • Natchez-Adams School District
  • Neshoba County School District
  • Nettleton School District
  • New Albany School District
  • Newton County School District
  • Newton Municipal School District
  • North Bolivar School District
  • North Panola School District
  • North Pike School District
  • North Tippah School District
  • Noxubee County School District

O

  • Ocean Springs School District
  • Okolona Municipal Separate School District
  • Oktibbeha County School District
  • Oxford School District

P

  • Pascagoula School District
  • Pass Christian School District
  • Pearl Public School District
  • Pearl River County School District
  • Perry County School District
  • Petal School District
  • Philadelphia Public School District
  • Picayune School District
  • Pontotoc City School District
  • Pontotoc County School District
  • Poplarville School District
  • Prentiss County School District

Q

  • Quitman County School District
  • Quitman School District

R

  • Rankin County School District
  • Richton School District

S

  • Scott County School District
  • Senatobia Municipal School District
  • Shaw School District
  • Simpson County School District
  • Smith County School District
  • South Delta School District
  • South Panola School District
  • South Pike School District
  • South Tippah School District
  • Starkville School District
  • Stone County School District
  • Sunflower County School District

T

  • Tate County School District
  • Tishomingo County School District
  • Tunica County School District
  • Tupelo Public School District

U

  • Union County School District
  • Union Public School District

V

  • Vicksburg-Warren School District

W

  • Walthall County School District
  • Water Valley School District
  • Wayne County School District
  • Webster County School District
  • West Bolivar School District
  • West Jasper School District
  • West Point School District
  • West Tallahatchie School District
  • Western Line School District
  • Wilkinson County School District
  • Winona Separate School District

Y

  • Yazoo City Municipal School District
  • Yazoo County School District

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