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

When a high school student in Tennessee 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. They should be involved from as early as possible in the case.

Tennessee 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:


  • Alamo City Schools
  • Alcoa City Schools
  • Anderson County Schools
  • Athens City Elementary Schools


  • Bedford County Schools
  • Bells City Schools
  • Benton County Schools
  • Bledsoe County Schools
  • Blount County Schools
  • Bradford Special Schools
  • Bradley County Schools
  • Bristol City Schools


  • Campbell County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Carroll County Schools
  • Carter County Schools
  • Cheatham County Schools
  • Chester County School District
  • Claiborne County Schools
  • Clay County Schools
  • Cleveland City Schools
  • Clinton City Schools
  • Cocke County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Crockett County Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools


  • Dayton City Elementary Schools
  • Decatur County Schools
  • Dekalb County Schools
  • Dickson County Schools
  • Dyer County Schools
  • Dyersburg City Schools


  • Elizabethton City Schools
  • Etowah City Elementary Schools


  • Fayette County Schools
  • Fayetteville City Elementary Schools
  • Fentress County Schools
  • Franklin City Elementary Schools
  • Franklin County Schools


  • Gibson Special Schools
  • Giles County Schools
  • Grainger County Schools
  • Greene County Schools
  • Greeneville City Schools
  • Grundy County Schools


  • Hamblen County Schools
  • Hamilton County School District
  • Hancock County Schools
  • Hardeman County Schools
  • Hardin County Schools
  • Hawkins County Schools
  • Haywood County Schools
  • Henderson County Schools
  • Henry County Schools
  • Hickman County Schools
  • Hollow Rock-Bruceton Schools
  • Houston County Schools
  • Humboldt City Schools
  • Humphreys County Schools
  • Huntingdon Special Schools


  •  Jackson County Schools
  • Jackson-Madison County School System
  • Jefferson County Schools
  • Johnson City Schools
  • Johnson County Schools


  • Kingsport City Schools
  • Knox County Schools


  • Lake County Schools
  • Lauderdale County Schools
  • Lawrence County Schools
  • Lebanon Special Schools
  • Lenoir City Schools
  • Lewis County Schools
  • Lexington City Elementary Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Loudon County Schools


  • Macon County Schools
  • Manchester City Schools
  • Marion County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Maryville City Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McKenzie Special School District
  • McMinn County Schools
  • McNairy County Schools
  • Meigs County Schools
  • Milan Special School District
  • Monroe County Schools
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Moore County Schools
  • Morgan County Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools


  • Nashville-Davidson County School District
  • Newport City Elementary Schools


  • Oak Ridge City Schools
  • Obion County Schools
  • Oneida City Schools
  • Overton County Schools


  • Paris City Special Schools
  • Perry County Schools
  • Pickett County Schools
  • Polk County Schools


  • Rhea County Schools
  • Roane County Schools
  • Robertson County Schools
  • Rogersville City Elementary Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools


  • Scott County Schools
  • Sequatchie County Schools
  • Sevier County Schools
  • Shelby County School District
  • Smith County Schools
  • Stewart County Schools
  • Sullivan County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Sweetwater City Schools


  • Tipton County Schools
  • Trenton City Schools
  • Trousdale County Schools
  • Tullahoma City Schools


  • Unicoi School
  • Union City School
  • Union County School


  • Van Buren County Schools


  • Warren County Schools
  • Washington County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • Weakley County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Williamson County School District
  • Wilson County Schools

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