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

When a high school student in Virginia 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 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, in interacting with the College Board is necessary to have 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.

Virginia 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:


  • Accomack Public Schools
  • Albemarle County Public Schools
  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Alleghany Public Schools
  • Amelia Public Schools
  • Amherst Public Schools
  • Appomattox Public Schools
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Augusta County Public Schools


  • Bath Public Schools
  • Bedford County Public Schools
  • Bland Public Schools
  • Botetourt Public Schools
  • Bristol Public Schools
  • Brunswick Public Schools
  • Buchanan Public Schools
  • Buckingham Public Schools
  • Buena Vista Public Schools


  • Campbell Public Schools
  • Caroline Public Schools
  • Carroll Public Schools
  • Charles City Public Schools
  • Charlotte County Public Schools
  • Charlottesville Public Schools
  • Chesapeake Public Schools
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Clarke Public Schools
  • Colonial Beach Public Schools
  • Colonial Heights Public Schools
  • Covington Public Schools
  • Craig Public Schools
  • Culpeper Public Schools
  • Cumberland Public Schools


  • Danville Public Schools
  • Dickenson County Public Schools
  • Dinwiddie Public Schools


  • Essex Public Schools


  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Falls Church City Public Schools
  • Fauquier County Public Schools
  • Floyd Public Schools
  • Fluvanna Public Schools
  • Franklin City Public Schools
  • Franklin County Public Schools
  • Frederick County Public Schools
  • Fredericksburg Public Schools


  • Galax Public Schools
  • Giles Public Schools
  • Gloucester Public Schools
  • Goochland Public Schools
  • Grayson Public Schools
  • Greene Public Schools
  • Greensville Public Schools


  • Halifax Public Schools
  • Hampton City Schools
  • Hanover County Public Schools
  • Harrisonburg Public Schools
  • Henrico County Public Schools
  • Highland Public Schools
  • Hopewell Public Schools


  • Isle of Wight Public Schools


  • King and Queen Public Schools
  • King George Public Schools
  • King William Public Schools


  • Lancaster Public Schools
  • Lee Public Schools
  • Lexington Public Schools
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Louisa Public Schools
  • Lunenburg Public Schools
  • Lynchburg City Public Schools


  • Madison Public Schools
  • Manassas City Public Schools
  • Manassas Park Public Schools
  • Martinsville Public Schools
  • Mathews Public Schools
  • Mecklenburg Public Schools
  • Middlesex Public Schools
  • Montgomery Public Schools


  • Nelson Public Schools
  • New Kent Public Schools
  • Newport News Public Schools
  • Norfolk Public Schools
  • Northampton County Public Schools
  • Northumberland County Public Schools
  • Norton City Schools
  • Nottoway County Public Schools


  • Orange County Public Schools


  • Page County Public Schools
  • Patrick County Public Schools
  • Petersburg Public Schools
  • Pittsylvania County Public Schools
  • Poquoson City Public Schools
  • Portsmouth Public Schools
  • Powhatan County Public Schools
  • Prince Edward County Public Schools
  • Prince George County Public Schools
  • Prince William County Public Schools
  • Pulaski County Public Schools


  • Radford City Schools
  • Rappahannock County Public Schools
  • Richmond County Public Schools
  • Richmond Public Schools
  • Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Roanoke County Public Schools
  • Rockbridge County Public Schools
  • Rockingham County Public Schools
  • Russell County Public Schools


  • Salem City Schools
  • Scott County Public Schools
  • Shenandoah County Public Schools
  • Smyth County Public Schools
  • Southampton County Public Schools  
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools
  • Stafford County Public Schools
  • Staunton City Public Schools
  • Suffolk Public Schools
  • Surry County Public Schools   
  • Sussex County Public Schools


  • Tazewell County Public Schools


  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-disabled at Hampton
  • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind


  • Warren County Public Schools               
  • Washington County Public Schools
  • Waynesboro Public Schools
  • West Point Public Schools       
  • Westmoreland County Public Schools
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
  • Winchester Public Schools
  • Wise County Public Schools
  • Wythe County Public Schools


  • York County School Division

It is critical to make certain academic misconduct charges at your child's Virginia 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 Virginia 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 or by completing our online form.

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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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