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.
What is considered gaining an academic advantage?
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:
- Being absent for a test and asking a friend what was on it
- Having someone else edit a paper or your homework
- Working with another person to complete assigned work
What should I do if my professor is accusing me of gaining an academic advantage or cheating because I was absent?
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.
How do I prove I wasn’t purposely absent on exam day?
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.
Can you help me fight a charge of cheating by gaining an academic advantage?
Yes. I help students all over the country defend against academic integrity and honor code violations using my nearly twenty years as an attorney. I also have a specialized knowledge of the university disciplinary process that helps students achieve positive results.
I tried to defend myself and lost the academic hearing. Can you help me appeal?
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.
Can you help all college students that need a college suspension appeal?
Yes. I work with students all over the countrywho are facing discipline in college.
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Richard Asselta is an award-winning attorney who defends students. Call today to avoid a suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from your university. (855) 338-5299 Click here to read what clients are saying about Richard on AVVO, an attorney review website.