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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. 



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.  

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