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What happens if you are accused of academic misconduct at Emory University? An attorney answers.

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2018

Emory University located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private university. Emory is considered an elite university with an excellent academic reputation. This competitive environment can cause students stress which may lead to poor decisions. A violation of the Emory Honor Code is taken seriously. What should a student at Emory do if they are caught cheating, plagiarizing, or committing other violations of the academic honor code? Read on for the answer from a defense attorney for university students.

What is a violation of the Emory Honor Code?

Some categories of academic misconduct include:Cheating

  • Looking at another student’s exam or letting another student look at your exam
  • Accessing materials during a test with a smartphone, smartwatch, or programmable calculator
  • Studying from professors past exams
  • Being absent with the purpose of finding out what was on a test
  • Accessing a test bank
  • Having someone else take your quiz, exam, or complete an assignment


  • Not using citations or quotes around someone else’s words
  • Creating fake citations
  • Purchasing a paper online and submitting it
  • Using a website to assist in authoring your paper


  • Working with other students when not allowed by a professor

Other Issues

  • Signing someone else into class
  • Forging signatures or information
  • Turning in the same assignment or portion of a paper to two courses
  • Falsifying data or research results

How will an Emory student know they violated the Honor Code?

The student will be informed by the Honor Council if a professor reported academic misconduct. The Honor Council will then schedule a meeting with the student to discuss the reported violation. The Honor Council investigator will ask for your side of the story, any supporting documents, evidence, and a statement. It is important to make a strong presentation to the investigator as they have the power to dismiss the allegation. If the investigator does not dismiss the reported violation, then the case will be referred for a hearing.

What happens at the Emory Honor Council Hearing?

That depends on whether the student decides to accept responsibility for a violation or to fight against the charge of academic misconduct.If a student accepts responsibility, then they are referred to what is called an expedited hearing. This is where the student simply acknowledges that they committed a violation.If the student chooses to fight against the allegation of a violation, then they are referred for a full hearing. At the full hearing the student must be prepared to ask and answer questions, present witnesses, and show evidence to the Honor Council that they did not commit a violation.

Can you come with me to my Emory Honor Council hearing?

No. Emory restricts the hearing to just students or faculty of the college, but even these individuals are not allowed to participate in the hearing.Even though Emory restricts people not affiliated with the university into the hearing, I can still work with a student behind the scenes to prepare them. Honor Council hearings often catch students off guard. By thoroughly preparing students, I give them the best chance at a successful outcome.

What types of sanctions can an Emory student get if they are found guilty of an Honor Code violation?

Sanctions are punishment given by a university for a violation of the Code of Conduct. At Emory, there are a range of sanctions from an F in the course to expulsion from the university.

How do I appeal a disciplinary sanction from the Emory Honor Council?

After a student receives a decision from the Honor Council, they have seven days to submit a written appeal. The Assistant Dean is also to meet with students to discuss their options.

Can you help me fight my academic misconduct violation at Emory?

Yes. I assist students throughout the United States to successfully defend Code of Conduct and academic integrity violations. Using my nearly two decades of legal experience combined with specialized knowledge of the code of conduct process, I give Emory students the best chance at a positive outcome.

Call now for a free consultation. 855-338-5299

Richard Asselta is an award-winning attorney who defends Emory students facing academic misconduct and code of conduct violations. Call today to avoid suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the Emory University.Click here to read what clients are saying about Richard on AVVO, an attorney review website.