Things happen, and college students may miss a scheduled exam. After taking a make-up test, you get a notice from the professor accusing you of cheating. They are claiming you were absent to gain an academic advantage by finding out what was on the exam. What should you do? Read on for tips from an attorney for students.
Most universities believe that any action that puts you in a better position than other students is gaining an academic advantage. This means that some of the following could fall under this category:
I recommend meeting with the professor and finding out why you are being accused of gaining an academic advantage or cheating. You cannot defend yourself if you don’t know why you are being accused and if there is any evidence. Find out what they are basing the accusation on and build your defense from there.
If you believe the professor does not have any other evidence to support the cheating accusation, bring a note from a doctor with you. If you were sick and stopped by the health clinic then this could be one way of proving your innocence.
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Yes. I write appeals for students facing academic sanctions like a failing course grade, notation on transcripts, suspension, and even expulsion from school. Writing a winning student appeal takes an attorney with experience.
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