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Purchased a test bank or used internet resources to study for a test and now accused of cheating? Tips for academic cheating defense.

| Mar 6, 2018

Did you find your textbook test bank online and purchase it to study? Did you use past course resources to help boost your exam scores? Even if you did not mean to cheat, you could be facing an academic cheating charge.

I didn’t know that using the test bank or old class materials was academic cheating.

Many schools will claim that using any resource that gives a student an unfair advantage is considered academic cheating. Even if you found the resources through a Google search, it could still be considered gaining an academic advantage and lead to a charge of academic cheating. Even students who have used a professor’s old course material found online, can be charged with academic cheating.

Can I talk to the professor and stop them from going forward with charges?

Depending on the academic integrity process, meeting with a professor could help, or could make a bad situation worse. How to handle meetings with a professor takes some planning and a bit of strategy that is unique to each academic cheating allegation. Some professors are open to hearing a student’s side of the situation, while others take the position that any explanation is an excuse.

How do you defend an unfair advantage academic cheating accusation?

The defense strategy depends on the situation and facts of each student. Advise I give to every student is the following:

  1. Access the university handbook and find the disciplinary procedure section.
  2. Locate the academic integrity and disciplinary procedure and identify the steps in the process.
  3. Review the possible academic sanctions related to the charge outlined in the academic charging letter.
  4. Review all available options including defending against the charge by going in front of an academic hearing panel and appealing if necessary.

Can a lawyer who represents college students help students defend against a charge of unauthorized collaboration?

Yes. I assist students all over the US defend against unfair advantage academic 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 unfair advantage 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.