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

When a high school student in Missouri 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 in defending against academic misconduct charges, and they should be involved from as early as possible in the case.

Missouri 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

  • Adair County R-I School District
  • Adair County R-II School District
  • Adrian School District
  • Advance School District
  • Affton School District
  • Albany School District
  • Altenburg School District
  • Alton School District
  • Appleton City School District
  • Arcadia Valley School District
  • Archie School District
  • Ash Grove School District
  • Atlanta School District
  • Aurora School District
  • Ava School District
  • Avenue City School District
  • Avilla School District

B

  • Bakersfield School District
  • Ballard School District
  • Bayless School District
  • Bell City School District
  • Belleview School District
  • Belgrade School District
  • Belton School District
  • Bernie School District
  • Bevier School District
  • Billings School District
  • Bismarck School District
  • Blackwater School District
  • Blair Oaks School District
  • Bloomfield School District
  • Blue Eye School District
  • Blue Springs School District
  • Bolivar School District
  • Boncl School District
  • Boonville School District
  • Bosworth School District
  • Bowling Green School District
  • Bradleyville School District
  • Branson School District
  • Braymer School District
  • Breckenridge School District
  • Brentwood School District
  • Bronaugh School District
  • Brookfield School District
  • Brunswick School District
  • Buchanan County School District
  • Bucklin School District
  • Bunker School District
  • Butler R-V School District

C

  • Cabool School District
  • Cainsville School District
  • Calhoun School District
  • Callao School District
  • Callaway County R-III School District
  • Camdenton School District
  • Cameron School District
  • Campbell School District
  • Canton School District
  • Cape Girardeau School District
  • Carl Junction School District
  • Carrollton School District
  • Carthage School District
  • Caruthersville School District
  • Cassville School District
  • Center School District
  • Centerville School District
  • Central School District
  • Centralia School District
  • Chadwick School District
  • Chaffee School District
  • Charleston School District
  • Chilhowee School District
  • Chillicothe School District
  • Clark County School District
  • Clarksburg School District
  • Clarkton School District
  • Clayton School District
  • Clearwater School District
  • Clever School District
  • Climax Springs School District
  • Clinton County School District
  • Clinton School District
  • Cole Camp School District
  • Cole County R-I School District
  • Cole County R-II School District
  • Cole County R-V School District
  • Columbia Public Schools
  • Community School District
  • Concordia School District
  • Cooper County R-IV School District
  • Cooter School District
  • Couch School District
  • Cowgill School District
  • Craig School District
  • Crane School District
  • Crawford County R-I School District
  • Crawford County R-II School District
  • Crest Ridge R-VII School District
  • Crocker School District
  • Crystal City School District

D

  • Dadeville School District
  • Dallas County School District
  • Davis School District
  • Delta C-7 School District
  • Delta R-5 School District
  • Dent-Phelps School District
  • Desoto School District
  • Dexter School District
  • Diamond School District
  • Dixon School District
  • Doniphan School District
  • Dora School District
  • Drexel School District
  • Dunklin School District

E

  • East Buchanan County School District
  • East Carter County School District
  • East Lynne School District
  • East Newton County School District
  • East Prairie School District
  • El Dorado Springs School District
  • Eldon R-1 School District
  • Elsberry School District
  • Eminence School District
  • Everton School District
  • Excelsior Springs School District
  • Exeter School District

F

  • Fair Grove School District
  • Fair Play School District
  • Fairfax School District
  • Fairview School District
  • Farmington School District
  • Fayette School District
  • Ferguson-Florissant School District
  • Festus School District
  • Fordland School District
  • Forsyth School District
  • Fort Zumwalt R-II School District
  • Fox C-6 School District
  • Francis Howell School District
  • Fredericktown R-1 School District
  • Fulton School District

G

  • Galena R-2 School District
  • Gasconade County R-3 School District

H

  • Hallsville School District
  • Hancock Place School District
  • Harrisburg School District
  • Hazelwood School District
  • Hollister School District

I

  • Independence School District
  • Iron County C-4

J

  • Jennings School District
  • Jefferson City Public Schools

K

  • Kansas City Public Schools
  • Kearney R-1 School District
  • Kirkwood R-7 School District
  • Kirksville R-III School District
  • Knob Noster R-8 School District

L

  • Ladue School District
  • Lawson R-XIV School District
  • Leeton R-X School District
  • Leopold R-III School District
  • Liberty Public Schools
  • Lindbergh School District
  • Logan-Rogersville R-VIII School District

M

  • Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District
  • Mehlville School District
  • Mexico Public Schools
  • Missouri City School District
  • Montgomery County School District

N

  • Nevada School District
  • Nixa R-II School District
  • Normandy School District
  • North Callaway R-1 School District
  • North Kansas City Schools
  • North St. Francois County R-1 School District
  • Northwest R-1 School District

O

  • Oak Grove School District
  • Odessa R-VII School District
  • Orchard Farm School District

P

  • Parkway Schools
  • Park Hill School District web site
  • Pattonville School District
  • Platte County R-3 School District web site
  • Poplar Bluff R-1 School District
  • Potosi R-3 School District

R

  • Raymore-Peculiar School District
  • Raytown C-2 School District
  • Richwoods Public School District
  • Ritenour School District
  • Riverview Gardens School District
  • Rock Port R-II School District
  • Rockwood School District
  • Rolla Public Schools

S

  • Savannah R-III School District
  • Sikeston R-6 School District
  • Smithville R-II School District
  • South Callaway R-II School District
  • Southwest R-V School District
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Charles School District
  • Joseph School District
  • Louis Public Schools
  • Sturgeon School District

T

  • Tarkio R-I School District

U

  • University City School District

V

  • Valley Park School District
  • Van-Far R-I School District

W

  • Warren County R-III School District
  • Washington School District
  • Webb City R-7 School District
  • Webster Groves School District
  • Wellston School District
  • Wentzville R-IV School District
  • West Plains R-7 School District
  • Westview C-6 School District
  • Wheaton R-III School District
  • Windsor C-1 School District
  • Wright City R-II School District

Z

  • Zalma School District

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