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Facing Cheating Allegations? 

We’ve got your back. 

Charges of academic dishonesty can lead to suspension or even expulsion. But you don’t have to fight them alone. Our student defense team has the experience, expertise, and dedication to successfully defend you. You have options. We can help. 

What We Do 

Cheating allegations can come without warning and escalate quickly. It’s important to know your rights, how to respond to the charges, what steps you need to take, and the disciplinary procedures you’re going to face. Universities can have complex and confusing disciplinary processes. Knowing how to navigate them successfully is critical. 


Once accused, you’re in the initial stage of a process that may involve meetings with university administrators, an investigation, a hearing, and multiple appeals, potentially taking months to resolve. Our student defense team will guide you every step of the way by: 


  • Immediately connecting you with an Advisor from our student defense team to interview you and investigate all the facts of your situation 

  • Researching school policies and legal issues to ensure that the school followed all proper procedures for fair due process  

  • Gathering evidence and developing a defense strategy 

  • Managing communications between you and the school 

  • Appearing with and/or coaching you for meetings with faculty or administrators 

  • Writing all appeals on your behalf 

  • Joining you (remotely) in any hearings and preparing you by writing opening and closing statements, talking points, and answers to potential questions you may face, as allowed by school policies 

  • Potentially contacting your university’s attorney to negotiate the best possible result for you 

What You Can Do 

If you’ve received a cheating allegation, the stress and confusion can be overwhelming. But don’t panic. You have rights and options. 


1. Stop, Think, Learn 


Your school may pressure you to respond to an allegation or accelerate the disciplinary process before you understand what you’re dealing with or have all the necessary information. Request specific answers before you take any action: 


  • What conduct led to the allegation? 

  • When and where did the alleged incident(s) take place? 

  • What school policy or policies were allegedly violated? 

  • What is the basis of the accusation? 

  • What are the next steps in the disciplinary process? 


Don’t accept allegations without proper documentation. Request all information about the charges in writing. You aren’t obligated to discuss, admit to, or deny charges outside the requirements of the formal disciplinary process. Your first step is to get all the information and support you need.  


2.  Do Your Research 


Read your school’s Honor Code, Student Code of Conduct, and/or Student Handbook to understand what due process steps you are guaranteed under school policies and request that the school comply with them.  

3. Know Your Rights 


Familiarizing yourself with school policies will allow you to hold the school accountable for providing you with mandatory due process. This will also tell you what you can expect in disciplinary procedures and what steps will be involved in defending yourself. Remember, in the initial allegation stage, you aren’t obligated to admit to or deny anything. 


4. Get Help 


What you don’t know can hurt you; and defending yourself alone comes with risks. Don’t wait to reach out for help. Mistakes in the first steps of the disciplinary process can end your chances of success.  


Begin the process informed and strong. Our legal and education advisors are here to support you with expert knowledge, insight, and commitment gained from years of experience defending students against cheating allegations at public, private, and non-profit schools all across the country.  


Protect Your Future 

Universities are increasingly cracking down on cheating and sanctions for a finding of responsibility can be severe. But with the right support and advocacy, you can ensure that a cheating allegation won’t threaten your education or leave a mark on your record that may limit your academic and professional opportunities. 


If you’ve been falsely accused, you deserve a fair process and outcome. If you simply made a bad decision, you deserve a second chance. Our team is committed to getting students the best possible results, regardless of their situation. 


You Have More Questions? Contact Us Now!

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