Being accused of unauthorized assistance can happen if a professor or teacher’s assistance thinks you helped a friend or classmate on an exam or assignment. What should you do if you are accused of unauthorized assistance? Read on for tips from a defense attorney for students.
What should I say to the professor accusing me of helping someone on a test or assignment?
That depends on the evidence the university has in order to support its accusation. Think about the following:
- Did a TA or other classmate see you helping another student on a test?
- Were your tests or assignments similar?
- Is there a record of collaboration between you and the other person?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to more information before making a statement.
I didn’t do anything wrong, but the university is proceeding with the unauthorized assistance charge.
If you receive notice that the university has charged you with an academic integrity violation, you need to consider your options. Figure out what process you will face and what the potential consequences are.
I committed unauthorized assistance but want to defend myself.
There are ways a student can defend themselves against an honor code violation, even if they did it. The defense strategy depends on the facts of your case.
I have to defend myself in front of an honor code committee. What do I say?
An academic integrity hearing gives the student an opportunity to defend themselves. You should be prepared to argue your side of the issue and rebut the evidence the teacher is using. I work with students to prepare them and attend disciplinary hearings in college. Acting as an adviser, I help students make the best defense presentation possible to achieve a positive outcome.
Can you help all students accused of academic misconduct?
Yes. I assist students in all over the United States to defend against academic integrity violations like unauthorized assistance. The quicker you get a defense lawyer for students involved, the better your chances at success. Richard Asselta is an award-winning attorney who defends students facing honor code charges throughout the United States. Call Asselta Law today for a free consultation. (855) 338-5299 Click here to read what clients are saying about Richard Asselta on AVVO, a lawyer review website.