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College students accused of academic misconduct often make the mistake of assuming that cheating allegations will simply go away, often not realizing the full consequences until years later. Our attorneys collaborate with subject matter experts that can help to prove your innocence and protect your academic record and reputation.

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Earning a college degree means that an individual student has put in the necessary time and effort to satisfy the educational requirements of their school. This means performing one’s own work without improper assistance from others. If a university suspects that you have taken a shortcut or cheated to complete your work, they may conduct an investigation. These investigations usually lead to severe punishments that can range from a failing grade in the course, to expulsion. The loss of economic aid is also on the table in some cases.

If you have received notice that you are facing an investigation, you should contact an undergraduate academic misconduct lawyer. One of our diligent attorneys can help to explain your rights, prepare you for what will occur during the hearing, and gather the evidence necessary to protect your academic future. We are happy to take cases from across the country, no matter which college or university you attend.

 

Reasons Why a School May Pursue Academic Misconduct Charges

 

Every college and university requires its students to agree to abide by the college’s academic honor code. These codes define what counts as acceptable academic behavior and outlines the rights of students who allegedly violate these codes.

It is against university policy to cheat in any way on one’s assignments. This means a student must submit original work in their courses and only collaborate with other students when permitted by a professor. If an undergrad faces an allegation of cheating, it could have dire consequences for his or her academic future.

A violation that is more difficult to define is plagiarism. In these instances, a student is accused of not performing original work. Even if a student does not directly copy text from another source, it is sometimes possible to identify quotes or ideas that are lifted from elsewhere. However, parallel thinking and accidentally forgetting to properly cite sources are common errors. An attorney who specializes in undergraduate academic misconduct could help clarify what a school’s honor code should be used for and advocate for students whose mistake should not end their academic career.

Working to Protect the Due Process Rights of All Students

Even if a public university employs a strict academic honor code, students will still have certain protections because of due process. Due process describes the steps that a school must take to investigate the matter, as well as the procedures that it must follow when implementing a potential penalty. The accused student must be treated fairly and impartially.

The way in which an undergraduate academic misconduct lawyer is most valuable is in ensuring the university administration follows these procedures. For example, a lawyer could demand that a disciplinary committee handles evidence in a proper manner and allows a student or their advisor to ask questions and present their own evidence. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to due process because every school has its own procedures. Fortunately, KJK has represented student all across the United States, as well as internationally, so they have a record of providing quality representation within a diverse set of policy frameworks.

Contact an Undergraduate Academic Misconduct Attorney to Preserve Your Rights

Enrolling in a college or university comes with certain conditions. Among these is the agreement that you will do your own academic work and refrain from cheating and plagiarizing. If you are facing accusations of academic misconduct, you must understand your rights and the steps that the school will take if it wants to impose a penalty.

An undergraduate academic misconduct lawyer can provide much-needed help in light of these allegations. We can review the situation and bolster your case with evidence and impassioned advocacy. At the same time, we can ensure that the university engages in due process to protect your rights against a hasty or improper judgment. Contact KJK today to see how we can begin working for you.

Important to Know:

COVID-19: Cheating & Plagiarism

Allegations of cheating and plagiarism are skyrocketing due to virtual learning environments imposed by COVID-19. If you’ve been accused of academic misconduct during this time, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Enough cannot be said for how helpful KJK was ...

for me during my allegation process. Susan and Kristina were extremely knowledgeable and passionate toward my specific case. They consistently had steps of action to take in my defense and were extremely flexible when working with me. They helped prepare me, both mentally and emotionally, prior to my hearing. Thanks to their hard work, I now have my future back.”

– Successfully defended a pre-med undergraduate student for alleged cheating on a physics lab report and showed that the professor had made a critical error in basic mathematics

Susan and Kristina are great lawyers.

They helped me resolve an extremely difficult academic dishonesty accusation case against me at the university level. They had helpful ideas and were persistent in making sure my defense was the best it could be. They were creative in their way of utilizing outside resources that helped achieve a positive outcome. Good, prompt responses to my questions. I highly recommend them!