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

When a high school student in Wisconsin 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, 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.

Wisconsin 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

  • Abbotsford School District
  • Academy of Learning & Leadership
  • Adams-Friendship Area School District
  • Albany School District
  • Algoma School District
  • Alma Center School District
  • Alma School District
  • Almond-Bancroft School District
  • Altoona School District
  • Amery School District
  • Antigo School District
  • Appleton Area School District
  • Arcadia School District
  • Argyle School District
  • Arrowhead UHS School District
  • Ashland School District
  • Ashwaubenon School District
  • Athens School District
  • Auburndale School District
  • Augusta School District

B

  • Baldwin-Woodville Area School District
  • Bangor School District
  • Baraboo School District
  • Barneveld School District
  • Barron Area School District
  • Bayfield School District
  • Beaver Dam Unified School District
  • Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District
  • Belleville School District
  • Belmont School District
  • Beloit School District
  • Beloit Turner School District
  • Benton School District
  • Berlin School District
  • Big Foot UHS School District
  • Birchwood School District
  • Black Hawk School District
  • Black River Falls School District
  • Blair-Taylor School District
  • Bloomer School District
  • Bonduel School District
  • Boscobel Area School District
  • Boulder Junction J1 School District
  • Bowler School District
  • Boyceville Community School District
  • Brighton School District
  • Brillion School District
  • Bristol School District
  • Brodhead School District
  • Brown Deer School District
  • Bruce School District
  • Bruce Guadalupe School District
  • Burlington Area School District
  • Business & Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM)
  • Butternut School District

C

  • Cadott Community School District
  • Cambria-Friesland School District
  • Cambridge School District
  • Cameron School District
  • Campbellsport School District
  • Capital West Academy
  • Cashton School District
  • Cassville School District
  • Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School District
  • Cedarburg School District
  • Central City Cyberschool
  • Central/Westosha UHS School District
  • Chequamegon School District
  • Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District
  • Chilton School District
  • Chippewa Falls Area School District
  • Clayton School District
  • Clear Lake School District
  • Clinton Community School District
  • Clintonville School District
  • Cochrane-Fountain City School District
  • Colby School District
  • Coleman School District
  • Colfax School District
  • Columbus School District
  • Cornell School District
  • Crandon School District
  • Crivitz School District
  • Cuba City School District
  • Cudahy School District
  • Cumberland School District
  • C. Everest Area School District

D

  • Darlington Community School District
  • Deerfield Community School District
  • De Forest Area School District
  • De Pere School District
  • De Soto Area School District
  • Delavan-Darien School District
  • Denmark School District
  • Dodgeland School District
  • Dodgeville School District
  • Dover #1 School District
  • Drummond School District
  • Durand School District

E

  • East Troy Community School District
  • Eau Claire Area School District
  • Edgar School District
  • Edgerton School District
  • Elcho School District
  • Eleva-Strum School District
  • Elk Mound Area School District
  • Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District
  • Elkhorn Area School District
  • Ellsworth Community School District
  • Elmbrook School District
  • Elmwood School District
  • Erin School District
  • Evansville Community School District

F

  • Fall Creek School District
  • Fall River School District
  • Fennimore Community School District
  • Flambeau School District
  • Florence School District
  • Fond du Lac School District
  • Fontana J8 School District
  • Fort Atkinson School District
  • Fox Point J2 School District
  • Franklin Public School District
  • Frederic School District
  • Freedom Area School District
  • Friess Lake School District

G

  • Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District
  • Geneva J4 School District
  • Genoa City J2 School District
  • Germantown School District
  • Gibraltar School District
  • Gillett School District
  • Gilman School District
  • Gilmanton School District
  • Glendale-River Hills School District
  • Glenwood City School District
  • Goodman-Armstrong School District
  • Grafton School District
  • Granton School District
  • Grantsburg School District
  • Green Bay Area Public School District, Wisconsin
  • Green Lake School District
  • Greendale School District
  • Greenfield School District
  • Greenwood School District
  • Gresham School District

H

  • Hamilton School District
  • Hartford J1 School District
  • Hartford UHS School District
  • Hartland-Lakeside J3 School District
  • Hayward Community School District
  • Herman School District
  • Highland School District
  • Hilbert School District
  • Hillsboro School District
  • Holmen School District
  • Horicon School District
  • Hortonville School District
  • Howard-Suamico School District
  • Howards Grove School District
  • Hudson School District
  • Hurley School District
  • Hustisford School District

I

  • Independence School District
  • Iola-Scandinavia School District
  • Iowa-Grant School District
  • Ithaca School District

J

  • Janesville School District
  • Jefferson School District
  • Johnson Creek School District
  • Juda School District

K

  • Kaukauna School District
  • Kenosha School District
  • Kettle Moraine School District
  • Kewaskum School District
  • Kewaunee School District
  • Kickapoo Area School District
  • Kiel Area School District
  • Kimberly Area School District
  • King's Academy
  • Kohler School District

L

  • La Crosse School District
  • La Farge School District
  • Lac du Flameau School District
  • Ladysmith-Hawkins School District
  • Lake Country School District
  • Lake Geneva J1 School District
  • Lake Geneva-Genoa City UHS School District
  • Lake Holcombe School District
  • Lake Mills Area School District
  • Lakeland UHS School District
  • Lancaster Community School District
  • Laona School District
  • Lena School District
  • Linn J4 School District
  • Linn J6 School District
  • Little Chute Area School District
  • Lodi School District
  • Lomira School District
  • Loyal School District
  • Luck School District
  • Luxemburg-Casco School District

M

  • Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Manawa School District
  • Manitowoc School District
  • Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District
  • Maple School District
  • Marathon School District
  • Marinette School District
  • Marion School District
  • Markesan School District
  • Marshall School District
  • Marshfield School District
  • Mauston School District
  • Mayville School District
  • McFarland School District
  • Medford Area School District
  • Mellen School District
  • Melrose-Mindoro School District
  • Menasha School District
  • Menominee Indian School District
  • Menomonee Falls School District
  • Menomonie Area School District
  • Mequon-Thiensville School District
  • Mercer School District
  • Merrill Area School District
  • Merton Community School District
  • Middleton-Cross Plains School District
  • Milton School District
  • Milwaukee Academy of Science
  • Milwaukee College Preparatory School
  • Milwaukee Public School District
  • Milwaukee Renaissance Academy
  • Mineral Point School District
  • Minocqua J1 School District
  • Mishicot School District
  • Mondovi School District
  • Monona Grove School District
  • Monroe School District
  • Montello School District
  • Monticello School District
  • Mosinee School District
  • Mount Horeb Area School District
  • Mukwonago School District
  • Muskego-Norway School District

N

  • Necedah School District
  • Neenah Joint School District
  • Neillsville School District
  • Nekoosa School District
  • Neosho J3 School District
  • New Auburn School District
  • New Berlin School District
  • New Glarus School District
  • New Holstein School District
  • New Lisbon School District
  • New London School District
  • New Richmond School District
  • Niagara School District
  • Nicolet UHS School District
  • Norris School District
  • North Cape School District
  • North Crawford School District
  • North Fond du Lac School District
  • North Lake School District
  • North Lakeland School District
  • Northern Ozaukee School District
  • Northland Pines School District
  • Northwood School District
  • Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District
  • Norway J7 School District

O

  • Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District
  • Oakfield School District
  • Oconomowoc Area School District
  • Oconto Falls School District
  • Oconto School District
  • Omro School District
  • Onalaska School District
  • Oostburg School District
  • Oregon School District
  • Osceola School District
  • Oshkosh Area School District
  • Osseo-Fairchild School District
  • Owen-Withee School District

P

  • Palmyra-Eagle Area School District
  • Pardeeville School District
  • Paris J1 School District
  • Parkview School District
  • Pecatonica Area School District
  • Pepin Area School District
  • Peshtigo School District
  • Pewaukee School District
  • Phelps School District
  • Phillips School District
  • Pittsville School District
  • Platteville School District
  • Plum City School District
  • Plymouth School District
  • Port Edwards School District
  • Port Washington-Saukville School District
  • Portage Community School District
  • Potosi School District
  • Poynette School District
  • Prairie du Chien Area School District
  • Prairie Farm School District
  • Prentice School District
  • Prescott School District
  • Princeton School District
  • Pulaski Community School District

R

  • Racine Unified School District
  • Randall J1 School District
  • Randolph School District
  • Random Lake School District
  • Raymond School District
  • Reedsburg School District
  • Reedsville School District
  • Rhinelander School District
  • Rib Lake School District
  • Rice Lake Area School District
  • Richfield J1 School District
  • Richland School District
  • Richmond School District
  • Rio Community School District
  • Ripon School District
  • River Falls School District
  • River Ridge School District
  • River Valley School District
  • Riverdale School District
  • Rosendale-Brandon School District
  • Rosholt School District
  • Royall School District
  • Rubicon J6 School District

S

  • Saint Croix Central School District
  • Saint Croix Falls School District
  • Saint Francis School District
  • Salem School District
  • Sauk Prairie School District
  • School for Early Development & Achievement
  • Seeds of Health Elementary
  • Seneca School District
  • Sevastopol School District
  • Seymour Community School District
  • Sharon J11 School District
  • Shawano-Gresham School District
  • Sheboygan Area School District
  • Sheboygan Falls School District
  • Shell Lake School District
  • Shiocton School District
  • Shorewood School District
  • Shullsburg School District
  • Silver Lake J1 School District
  • Siren School District
  • Slinger School District
  • Solon Springs School District
  • Somerset School District
  • South Milwaukee School District
  • South Shore School District
  • Southern Door County School District
  • Southwestern Wisconsin School District
  • Sparta Area School District
  • Spencer School District
  • Spooner Area School District
  • Spring Valley School District
  • Stanley-Boyd Area School District
  • Stevens Point Area Public School District
  • Stockbridge School District
  • Stone Bank School District
  • Stoughton Area School District
  • Stratford School District
  • Sturgeon Bay School District
  • Sun Prairie Area School District
  • Superior School District
  • Suring School District
  • Swallow School District

T

  • Tenor High School
  • Thorp School District
  • Three Lakes School District
  • Tigerton School District
  • Tomah Area School District
  • Tomahawk School District
  • Tomorrow River School District
  • Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District
  • Tri-County Area School District
  • Turtle Lake School District
  • Twin Lakes School District
  • Two Rivers School District

U

  • Union Grove J1 School District
  • Union Grove UHS School District
  • Unity School District

V

  • Valders Area School District
  • Veritas High School
  • Verona Area School District
  • Viroqua Area School District

W

  • Wabeno School District
  • Walworth J1 School District
  • Washburn School District
  • Washington School District
  • Washington-Caldwell School District
  • Waterford Graded J1 School District
  • Waterford UHS School District
  • Waterloo School District
  • Watertown School District
  • Waukesha School District
  • Waunakee Community School District
  • Waupaca School District
  • Waupun School District
  • Wausau School District
  • Wausaukee School District
  • Wautoma School District
  • Wauwatosa School District
  • Wauzeka-Steuben School District
  • Webster School District
  • West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
  • West Bend School District
  • West De Pere School District
  • West Salem School District
  • Westby School District
  • Westfield School District
  • Weston School District
  • Weyauwega-Fremont School District
  • Wheatland J1 School District
  • White Lake School District
  • Whitefish School District
  • Whitehall School District
  • Whitewater School District
  • Whitnall School District
  • Wild Rose School District
  • Williams Bay School District
  • Wilmot UHS School District
  • Winneconne Community School District
  • Winter School District
  • Wisconsin Dells School District
  • Wisconsin Heights School District
  • Wisconsin Rapids School District
  • Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District
  • Wonewoc-Union Center School District
  • Woodruff J1 School District
  • Wrightstown School District

Y

  • YMCA Young Leaders Academy
  • Yorkville J2 School District

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