College students that violate their school’s academic integrity policies may have to go to an academic hearing to defend themselves. Cheating, plagiarizing, or violating other ethical or safety can result in an academic hearing at which a panel of administration and peers will ask the student questions about their conduct before making a decision about the future of the student’s academic career, which may mean suspension, expulsion, or other consequences.
It is wise to use the help of a lawyer as you go to an academic hearing, to either come with you to the hearing or to help you build a defense for yourself before the hearing. The lawyers at Rice, Murtha & Psoras can help students at Loyola University defend themselves. Students that are going through the process of defending themselves in an academic hearing are encouraged to contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras by calling (410) 834-3803 or visiting our website.
Ways of Violating the School Code of Conduct
Depending on the school, students can violate their school’s academic integrity policies in a variety of ways. Students can violate academic hearing policies by cheating by using prohibited methods to take an exam, fabricating information through falsification or invention, facilitating academic dishonesty by knowingly helping someone else violate provisions, plagiarizing by misrepresenting others’ findings as their own, misrepresenting or tampering with their academic records, violating health and safety requirements in clinical assignments, failing to observe the rules of academic integrity in specific classes, or violating professional ethics as outlined in the student handbooks.
The Academic Hearing Process
The academic hearing process usually follows certain steps. After the student has violated the code of conduct, they will be sent a letter that notifies them of the allegations and a date and time to meet with an advisor. During the meeting with the advisor, the allegations and the relevant evidence will be reviewed, and the student will be made aware of the remainder of the punishment process.
In some cases, the student will be offered a punishment during the meeting if the student admits to committing the violations. Otherwise, a hearing will be set up at that time.
During the hearing, the student will answer questions about their offense and be able to make a statement about the case.
Possible Consequences Following an Academic Hearing
If you are found to be guilty of the allegations made against you during an academic hearing, you will face consequence depending on the nature of the offense you committed. You may receive a letter of reprimand that outlines your inappropriate conduct. It will be included in your disciplinary record for an indefinite amount of time. Another possible outcome of an academic hearing may be disciplinary action, which may carry sanctions that the student must complete. Disciplinary action can removal from certain activities and positions. Removal from university housing is another possible outcome of an academic hearing. Finally, suspension from school for a while or expulsion entirely from the school are possibilities.
Why You Should Bring a Lawyer to an Academic Hearing
Some schools allow a lawyer to be present during an academic hearing, others allow a lawyer to be present during an academic hearing but prohibit them from speaking, and others allow advisors but not lawyers. No matter the extent to which they are able to participate in the academic hearing, it is advisable to use their help to defend yourself during the hearing.
If a lawyer is present during your hearing, they will be able to call out unfair questioning posed by members of the hearing panel. They will also be able to question any evidence that alleges of a conduct code violation, or present evidence that proves your innocence of the allegations. If a school doesn’t allow students to bring a lawyer with them to defend themselves then a lawyer is still able to help a student by helping them craft a defense and assisting them with preparing answers to questions that the panel may ask.
A lawyer can also assist students by understanding the nuances of the school’s academic code. A lawyer can also make sure that the school was fair to the student leading up to the allegation. For example, if a student has been alleged of cheating, it may be possible that the school was not properly accommodating the student’s disability, which led the student to alter their academic performance.
Most lawyers can assist students by, if not getting them dismissed entirely, getting them reduced or settled favorably.
Contact a Baltimore Attorney for Academic Misconduct Hearings at Loyola University
Loyola University students that are defending themselves at an academic hearing as a result of having been accused of violating their school’s academic integrity policies should use the help of a lawyer to build a solid case for themselves. The lawyers that work with Rice, Murtha & Psoras are available to help Loyola University students defend themselves during academic hearings. Get in touch with them by calling (410) 834-3803 or by visiting their website.