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Accused of unprofessional behavior in an internship or clinical setting? Tips for building a defense.

Graduate and doctoral programs require internships as part of their curriculum. Students have options for placement, but the school decides what those internship options are. Internship sites are built on relationships the school makes with hospitals, schools, clinics and more. This means that the site supervisor is not a school employee, but an employee of the company. So what happens when a student faces accusations of unprofessional behavior by an employee at an internship or clinical site?

What are they claiming you did?

I have seen schools make claims of unprofessional behavior at internships or practicums for several reasons:

  1. You showed up out of dress code or not groomed properly – Some programs have strict guidelines about appearance. If you failed to follow the guidelines, it could lead to removal.
  2. Inappropriate attitude or unbecoming behavior – Any employee at the internship site can state that you were giving them attitude, were rude, or acted inappropriately. One of these accusations can lead to your immediate termination pending an investigation.
  3. Documentation errors – This allegation could stem from logging hours incorrectly or filling out clinical paperwork incorrectly. Medical placements are especially vulnerable to these errors.

What are my options if my school states I cannot go back to the internship site?

All students are afforded a disciplinary or appeal processes regarding allegations of unprofessional behavior. During this process, students will be given the chance to defend their position and refute the allegations.

I had a hearing on unprofessional conduct charges, and they found me responsible. What now?

If you were already found responsible and are now facing suspension or expulsion from your program, you must appeal the decision. The appeal processes is time limited and govern by specific criteria. If you are facing an appeal, I strongly suggest you consult with an experienced college student appeal lawyer.

How can a college student appeal lawyer help a student defend against charges of unprofessional behavior?

I assist students all over the US defend against unprofessional behavior and conduct charges. Each student’s situation is unique, and my defense strategy depends on the situation. As a lawyer who represents college students, my expertise in the college disciplinary process gives each student the best chance for success.

Can you help all college students?

Yes. I help students all over the country fight accusations of unprofessional behavior and conduct charges. By working together to craft the best defense possible, you will be given the greatest chance at success. I also attend hearings with students to support them during this very stressful event. Typically, a panel of students and staff will question the student. The presence of a lawyer for college students will help the student keep calm and refute accusations while keeping the hearing fair and honest.

Give me a call today. I offer free consultations and fair prices to help students keep their record clean and stop a suspension or expulsion from school. (855) 388-5299

Richard Asselta is an award-winning education lawyer offering student advising services nationally. Call today for a free consultation and see how The Education Lawyers will fight for you.

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