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What Is Academic Misconduct?

You or someone you love who is accused of academic misconduct may have questions about what this accusation means. In this post, the student defense team at K. Altman Law answers some of these questions. If you are facing a student misconduct or student discipline issue, you need an experienced student defense attorney.

What is Considered “Academic Misconduct” at My School?

This depends on your university, college, or high school. Academic misconduct is defined in your university’s or college’s student conduct code. Typically, academic misconduct is considered an attempt or action used by the student to gain an advantage for themselves or for someone else.

Here are some examples of academic misconduct:

  • Plagiarism is the act of copying and using another’s work without citing or attribution.

  • The act of misrepresenting someone else’s ideas, information, or work

  • Taking an exam for someone else

  • Taking your exam with answers obtained from another party (or any other information that will give you an unfair advantage)

  • Copying your paper to another person during an exam

  • Taking a home exam with another student or source, e.g. after the instructor has prohibited open-book testing or consultation,

  • Making up data

  • Altering a transcript or academic record of yourself or another

  • Falsifying your status in a program of study

You should be aware that an accusation of academic misconduct may affect your future education and career. Seek professional and educational counsel immediately. A skilled lawyer will represent your interests at a disciplinary hearing and thereafter.

Academic Misconduct Allegations Are Serious

You should recognize that allegations of academic dishonesty or violations of academic integrity can have more than one consequence. Failure in an important assignment or course, an academic suspension, or expulsion can result in a “domino effect” on eligibility for scholarships, grants, and financial aid. Also, it can impact the ability to transfer to another college or university or to get licenses for work or career advancement.

Don’t wait. Contact our student misconduct and academic dishonesty team right away. The legal and academic experts on our team will mount a strong defense on your behalf.

Does a Charge of Academic Misconduct Remain on My College or University Transcript?

All schools are different. However, if you are found guilty of any academic dishonesty by your school, it will be reflected on your transcript. When a finding of academic dishonesty is entered, it will remain there. Small violations may negatively affect your future. You are likely to be affected by your academic dishonesty finding even if you decide to transfer to another school or program.

A prospective employer or another school official may ask you if you have ever been disciplined if your school does not include the finding on your college transcript. If you apply for employment or admission, you will be required to sign a statement that your answers are true (or face dismissal).

You have a lot riding on this decision.

You need an experienced team of lawyers and educators if you have been accused of academic dishonesty or misconduct. We will analyze the student code of conduct at your college or university and begin the advocacy process.

Your Rights in Campus Disciplinary Proceedings

You may have questions about your rights during a disciplinary hearing.

There are vast differences between the criminal justice system in the United States and the rules your school sets up for its students. At school:

  • Hearings or investigations are decided by your educational institution

  • As a student, you don’t enjoy the same level of protection as in the U.S. criminal justice system

  • Student disciplinary hearings are conducted without the school recommending hiring an academic dishonesty attorney who will consider the other parties evidence against you. You may be asked questions, given a chance to cross examine other witnesses, or required to provide a statement.

It’s important to be aware that if you’re accused of academic dishonesty violations, you’re still protected under the student code of conduct of the college or university.

Our student defense team will be able to “decode” this information for you.

The Constitution guarantees due process to students enrolled in a public educational institution or university. An experienced academic misconduct lawyer will protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive the best outcome possible.

Make sure you have experienced advocates on your side before submitting a statement to your school, college, or university. Now that you understand more about the consequences of a finding of academic misconduct or academic dishonesty, get the help you need. Chat with us now or call K Altman Law at SD@kaltmanlaw.com.

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