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 DEFENSE

During the pandemic, educational institutions struggle to adjust and make decisions that affect their students for the rest of their lives. K Altman Law is here to ensure that the changes they are making are legal. K-12 Schools, colleges, and universities use technology in ways they had not previously. Some institutions use lockdown browsers for the first time; others use online platforms for their class syllabi to varying degrees of success. These changes have proven challenging for the students to navigate because it often seems that the teachers and professors need time to get up to speed and organized. In these circumstances, the student suffers either from losing time for academics or from lower grades. Don’t let these circumstances affect your future. If your academic standing has suffered or you face disciplinary action, seek counsel now. If the school asks you to write a statement -wait. If you have a hearing scheduled – stop. Ask an education professional before going forward.

What is “Academic Misconduct”?
  • Plagiarism – copying or using another party’s work without citations

  • Passing off another person’s work as your own

  • Sitting for an exam for someone else

  • Using answers obtained from another party to take your exam

  • Allowing another person to copy your paper in an exam

  • Consulting another student or source while taking a closed book at-home exam

  • Fabricating data

  • Altering your own or another person’s transcript 

  • Misrepresenting your academic status

 

Accusations of academic misconduct may impact your future. Legal and educational experts can defend your rights at a disciplinary hearing.

Are Academic Misconduct Allegations Serious?

Yes. An allegation of academic dishonesty or a violation of academic integrity can lead to other consequences. A failing grade in an important project or course, an academic suspension, or expulsion can have a “domino effect” on your ability to qualify for scholarships, grants, or financial aid. It can also impact your ability to transfer to another college or university or get licenses needed for your work or career development. Students often think a Google search will give them all the answers they need. But your accusers have a team with years of experience to use against you. You need a team on your side. You need people who have sat in the judgment seat who are now working for your defense. Consult with our student misconduct and academic dishonesty team right away. Our experienced team of legal and educational experts will mount a strong defense for you.

What are My Rights in Campus Disciplinary Proceedings?

The criminal justice system in the United States is substantially different from the rules your school has established for its students. At school:

  • Your educational institution determines hearings or investigations.

  • Fewer protections are available to you as a student than in the U.S. criminal justice system.

  • For example, in a student disciplinary hearing, you will be asked questions, offered the chance to cross-examine other witnesses, or be asked (required) to provide a statement.

  • However, rarely will a school suggest that you hire an academic dishonesty attorney who will consider the other party’s evidence against you.

What are My Rights in Campus Disciplinary Proceedings?

The criminal justice system in the United States is substantially different from the rules your school has established for its students. At school:

  • Your educational institution determines hearings or investigations.

  • Fewer protections are available to you as a student than in the U.S. criminal justice system.

  • For example, in a student disciplinary hearing, you will be asked questions, offered the chance to cross-examine other witnesses, or be asked (required) to provide a statement.

  • However, rarely will a school suggest that you hire an academic dishonesty attorney who will consider the other party’s evidence against you.

 

Students enrolled in a public educational institution or university have the right to due process under the United States Constitution. An experienced academic misconduct attorney advocates for your legal rights and ensures the best possible outcome.

 

Your college will ask you to submit a statement. Then, the college enters this information into evidence. STOP. Do not submit a statement to your school, college, or university without experienced advocates in your corner. Retaining an advocate at the beginning of the process will make for a smoother case.

If you are accused of academic dishonesty, the college or university’s student code of conduct still protects you.

Students enrolled in a public educational institution or university have the right to due process under the United States Constitution. An experienced academic misconduct attorney advocates for your legal rights and ensures the best possible outcome.

Your college will ask you to submit a statement. Then, the college enters this information into evidence. STOP. Do not submit a statement to your school, college, or university without experienced advocates in your corner. Retaining an advocate at the beginning of the process will make for a smoother case.

What will happen if I seek counsel in my Academic Dishonesty Case?
  • You initiate contact with the K Altman team.

  • A member of the team reaches out to you.

  • The SD team asks for your goals and expectations in the process.

  • You sign the engagement letter.

  • The team reviews your materials. 

  • The Director of Student Defense (SD) reaches out for an in-depth interview.

  • The SD Director sends a request for additional documents as needed.

  • The SD Team assembles the defense and prepares for any immediate needs, i.e., hearing dates or required filings.

  • The Director of SD then organizes the next steps.

Who will help me with my Academic dishonesty case?
  • K Altman law has the experience you need on your side. We can guide you through the process and help you with your situation.

  • Want to know more about your team of education and law experts?

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