Did you help a friend who didn’t study for a test by letting them glance at your paper and got caught? Did you show a friend your answers for an assignment and are being accused of collaboration? Did a friend turn in a past assignment of yours and get caught for plagiarism? In any of these situations, not only your friend will be facing discipline in school, so will you. How do you defend the charges and keep your record clean? Read on for some tips on academic cheating defense.
What is Academic Cheating?
Academic cheating includes several infractions. Using your phone to look up answers for a test, glancing at another student’s paper, finding test banks online, or any action that gives you an advantage over other students. Academic cheating also includes plagiarism such as submitted work of a previous student, buying assignments online, or forgetting to cite a source.
If I didn’t cheat, how could I face the same charges as the student who did?
Colleges and universities take academic cheating seriously. Even if a student did not mean to help another, schools still view the involvement as an offense. However, that does not mean you should suffer the same punishment.
How do you defend academic cheating and save your academic record?
The defense strategy depends on the situation and facts of each student. Generally speaking, students should do the following:
- Students should access the school handbook and search for the disciplinary procedure section.
- Figure out what the academic disciplinary process is and figure out what step they are on in the process.
- Students should review possible academic sanctions related to the charge laid out in the academic charging letter.
Students should fully review all available options including defending themselves against the charge, going in front of an academic hearing panel, and even appealing a sanction.
Can a lawyer who represents college students help students defend against a charge of academic cheating?
Yes. I assist students all over the US defend against unauthorized collaboration or cheating 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 academic cheating. 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. Click here to read what clients are saying about Richard Asselta on AVVO, a lawyer review website.