Does an Academic Misconduct Charge Remain on My College Transcript?

If your school finds that you were involved in academic dishonesty, it may be entered on your transcript. Once entered, the notation will remain there. Even a minor violation may negatively impact your life. For instance, if you decide to transfer to a new school or program, your academic dishonesty finding is likely to follow you.

If your school doesn’t note the finding on your college transcript, you may still suffer consequences. For example, you may be asked by a prospective employer or another school official if you’ve ever been subject to disciplinary action. Or, an employment application may ask you to sign that you were never found guilty of academic dishonesty. Being untruthful on these applications is grounds for dismissal. 




Being a student can be difficult due to the stressors of academic life. Planning for the future, making important decisions about your goals, and deciding how to use your summers constructively can be overwhelming. Oftentimes students make mistakes or use poor judgment during a vulnerable moment. 

If you are facing charges or allegations due to a bad decision on your part, contacting a student defense lawyer is the best thing you can do for your academic career and your future profession.  

Student Code of Conduct Violations

Being accused of violating your college or university's student code of conduct can be a frightening experience. You are left asking questions about your:

  • Future

  • Status as a student

  • Options for defending yourself

Parents and students alike experience anxiety and stress when dealing with student conduct committees. Students may not know where to turn for the help they need with their legal representation. 

The most logical way to deal with misconduct situations is to hire a student defense lawyer to develop an effective case strategy for your defense. You should hire a firm that has a team of experienced litigators, academics, and advisors have expertise in helping students who face accusations of:

  • Academic misconduct

  • Fabrication

  • Plagiarism

  • Unauthorized collaboration

  • And many others. 

These violations are not taken lightly by colleges and universities. Retaining an experienced student defense lawyer can help you avoid unnecessary consequences associated with your case.  
Poor judgment and one-time mistakes should not bar you from completing your education and moving on to accomplish your academic and professional goals. If you face a violation of the student code of conduct, you must take the matter seriously. Being on your own during the investigation is not the best course of action to pursue. 

An experienced student defense lawyer will help you through every phase of the student discipline process. K Altman Law represents students throughout the United States. We have decades of experience working with student defense committees and guiding students through this oftentimes intimidating atmosphere. 

Costs of Student Misconduct Investigations

Student misconduct investigations can be extremely costly for students and their families. Honor Code violations and Student Code of Conduct transgressions may cause the college or university to sanction you. The following types of punishments are typically associated with Student Code of Conduct violations and Honor Code violations:  


  • Written reprimand  

  • Academic probation 

  • Suspension  

  • Academic dismissal  

  • Expulsion 

These consequences can have a lasting effect on your academic career. You may find it difficult to transfer to another college or university. Also, you may not qualify for specific scholarships that can help reduce the cost of your college education.

The costs are not limited to your academic career, however. The following costs often arise due to student misconduct investigations:  

  • The possibility of criminal charges being filed against you  

  • Damage to your reputation  

  • Inability to achieve your professional goals  

  • Difficulty gaining admission to graduate school or professional school  

  • A mark on your academic record that will be a red flag to potential employers  

  • Possible restitution payments  

  • Months of wasted time  

  • Additional tuition payments that will increase the overall cost of your education 

Most students accused of code of conduct and honor code violations cannot prepare defensive strategies. They may experience that:


  1. Colleges and universities will attempt to rush students through the process and punish them without providing an opportunity for the students to defend themselves.

  2. Students may be suspended or expelled without having a complete understanding of their legal rights.

The college or university may make a procedural mistake that would go unnoticed if you had not retained experienced legal counsel. Do not allow any institution of higher learning to intimidate you into giving up on your education and your professional goals. Too much is at stake for you not to stand up and defend yourself. 

Retaining a knowledgeable and skilled student defense lawyer is the best thing accused students can do to protect their interests. 

Student Disciplinary Procedures: An Overview 

Understanding the procedural rules associated with your case can help you obtain a better understanding of how to defend yourself against misconduct allegations. Colleges and universities adopt their conduct codes to regulate student behavior. However, many institutions use similar methods when investigating student misconduct and other code of conduct violations. 

The Complaint


An individual will bring a written complaint accusing you of a specific transgression.

Administrative Review


The college or university will reach out to you regarding the complaint. You may be invited to a meeting to talk about the allegations. Some cases do not proceed beyond this step. 

Committee Review


A designated committee will analyze the complaint and begin investigating the facts associated with the case. Common examples of these committees include honor councils, student performance committees, student conduct committees, and academic committees. 

Formal Hearing


During the formal hearing, you will receive information regarding the complaint and any substantive evidence associated with the complaint. Also, you will be offered the opportunity to make a statement and proclaim your understanding of the facts.

Committee Recommendation


A committee will review the case and recommend an appropriate sanction. Generally, the recommended sanction will be communicated to the Dean of Students. 

Written Notice


You will receive written notice of the sanction. The communication is typically delivered by the Dean of Students. 

Notice of Appeal


You will then be given a brief period of time in which you can set forth a written appeal of the disciplinary sanction. Sometimes you may be denied a right to appeal in specific circumstances. 

Appeal Hearing


A hearing date will be set for the appeal. Once the appeal is complete, the college or university will deliver a final sanction to you.

Retaining a student defense lawyer can help you prepare documents and plan for committee hearings. Contact the Law Office of Keith Altman, PLLC today to learn more about the benefits of hiring a student defense lawyer. We have a highly skilled and knowledgeable team who is ready to defend you throughout every phase of the student disciplinary process. We have represented students in many different types of cases, including ones involving the following types of violations: 

  • Professional misconduct allegations  

  • Academic dismissal  

  • Title IX violations 

  • Academic misconduct  

  • Student Code of Conduct violations 

Legal Representation for all Student Categories

K Altman Law offers exceptional legal representation to many different categories of college students. We represent undergraduate students, professional students, and graduate students. The following students have retained K Altman Law in the past:  

  • University employees facing misconduct allegations  

  • Study abroad participants  

  • NCAA athletes 

  • Undergraduate students  

  • Graduate students  

  • Students enrolled in Dental school 

  • Students enrolled in Nursing school  

  • Students enrolled in Medical school  

  • Students enrolled in Physician’s Assistants programs 

  • Students enrolled in Law school  

We have decades of experience working with students, faculty members, and universities. Our team has helped students defend themselves against student code of conduct and honor code violations.

Best Student Defense Lawyers in the US

K Altman Law represents students across the country. We represent students accused of Title IX misconduct, including harassment and assault. Our team of educators and legal professionals provides guidance and assistance to students, faculty members, and employees who are facing various allegations.   

We review the specific provisions enforced by individual colleges and universities. Our team understands how to make sure the college or university adheres to its procedures and policies regarding student misconduct allegations. No matter where you are in the United States, we can provide you with exceptional legal representation. Our student defense lawyers will also work with you to make sure your legal rights are asserted and defended. 

Contact K Altman Law Today  

If you are facing allegations of student misconduct or other charges, contact K Altman Law today to learn more about the legal services we offer. Our experienced team of litigators, academics, and student advisors can provide you with exceptional legal representation and a robust defense.