With the recent college admissions misconduct, many students and alumni have a similar question. If they lied on their college application, will if affect them?
Yes. Although it may not be an automatic expulsion. A student who is suspected of lying on their college application will face a code of conduct violation. The school will notify the student that they are charged with a code of conduct violation and what specific charge they will have to defend. Once the student receives this notice, they will have to defend themselves in a committee hearing. The consequence if found responsible for the violation can range from a letter of reprimand, up to expulsion from the university. The sanction will be determined by the committee.
Colleges can investigate alumni and charge them with honor code and academic integrity violations. Alumni face the same process that current students face. If an alumnus is found responsible for lying on their college application, the sanctions can range up to degree revocation.
The process that an alumni or student must face is different for each university. Generally speaking, there will be an investigation where information like documents and witness statements are collected, and then a committee hearing held. You must be well prepared to make the best presentation possible.
Yes. I help students all over the country build successful defenses to all types of code of conduct and academic integrity violations.
Yes. I write student appeals utilizing my twenty years of experience as an appellate attorney. Writing an appeal of a sanction in college can be tricky because the university sets forth specific categories that students can argue. Having an attorney experienced in writing student appeals may give a student the winning edge.
Richard Asselta is a disciplinary defense lawyer who fights for students facing Honor Code, academic integrity, and code of conduct violations in college.