Over the past year, colleges and universities across the country have seen an increase in cheating. As a result, many students, even those who did not cheat, are becoming swept up in what seems like school’s hysteria to accuse students of cheating even if they did not cheat.
What can happen if a student is accused of cheating in college?
The consequences of being found responsible for an academic integrity matter can vary greatly. However, no matter what the sanction, it would be something that the student would be required to disclose on an application to graduate school. Second, it could cause damage to the student’s GPA. Third and most serious, depending on the severity of the accusations, a student could face suspension or expulsion.
How do I fight an accusation of cheating in college?
Most colleges and universities allow students to be assisted by advisors and many schools allow those advisors to be attorneys. Having an experienced advisor on your side can make all the difference.
3 Advantages to having a skilled student defense lawyer for an academic hearing
1. Your attorney should be skilled at evaluating the evidence and should be able to give you a realistic view of the case. They can help you focus on the weak and strong points of the case to make a more effective defense presentation.
2. An experienced academic integrity lawyer can prepare a student’s opening statement, the student’s presentation before the honor hearing board, and prepare the student’s closing statement. This preparation is important to making a clear and convincing defense presentation.
3. A student defense advisor should also be able to assist the student in crafting questions for cross-examination and be able to prepare the student client for likely questions from the hearing board or panel.
Can any lawyer help me prepare for a student integrity hearing?
No. While having an attorney can be an advantage, not all attorneys have the skill and knowledge needed for these types of matters. An academic integrity case is not the same thing as a criminal case or suing someone. There are very specific and unique rules for these hearings. Many times attorneys who are not experienced fail to understand these rules and are no help to the student. Additionally, attorneys who do not specialize in this field do not have the knowledge and experience that comes from handling these types of cases.
Can you help me defend an academic integrity violation?
Yes. My entire practice is devoted to education matters and defending students accused of academic misconduct, disciplinary issues, and Title IX matters. I have assisted hundreds of students all across the country and bring this vast level of knowledge and experience to each of my clients.
Richard Asselta is a defense lawyer for students facing academic integrity violations throughout the United States. Call today for a consultation. (855) 338-5299