Don’t Let an Academic Misconduct Charge Ruin Your Future at Western Kentucky University
For most students, college is a time of exploration, learning and enriching life experiences. While at Western Kentucky University (WKU), you may be looking forward to joining various clubs, playing sports like intramural football and making lifelong friends. However, a charge of academic misconduct can throw your plans into disarray. At WKU, allegations of academic misconduct are taken seriously; if you or a loved one faces such charges, engaging an attorney can enhance the prospects of achieving the best possible outcome. Attorney Todd Spodek and the Spodek Law Group have assisted many students in similar positions as you and possess the expertise needed to navigate this process successfully.
What Constitutes Academic Misconduct at WKU?
Although academic misconduct varies from one institution to another, several universal principles apply. Essentially it refers to any action that confers an unfair academic advantage to a student without the instructor’s approval or that of the university as a whole. At WKU, however, specific examples include:
* Cheating: This refers to intentionally using unauthorized materials or trying to do so in any academic context.
* Plagiarism: Using previously published ideas or work without attribution.
* Misrepresenting oneself or an organization.
* Furnishing false information knowingly to gain an advantage over others.
* Omitting relevant information during coursework or exercises.
Step-by-Step Procedure for Handling Allegations of Academic Dishonesty
Upon suspicion of academic impropriety by your professor, they’ll notify you of your offense and schedule a meeting with effected individuals within WKUs regulations. Here is what happens after reporting:
1) The Dean-to-Students office reviews reports forwarded by professors regarding alleged violations accompanying evidence
2) The Dean-to-Students Office will reach out to schedule hearings with either Director of Judicial Affairs’ team;
3) Hearing panels review cases, consider suspect interviews on fault and proposed next steps and communicate their verdict;
4) Appropriate sanction is applied based on the severity of reported violation
Having a lawyer who can help you prepare for these hearings is vital. Remember, you have the right to an attorney advisor present during proceedings. Attorney Spodek will counsel and guide you in preparing your defense case.
What the School Can Do if They Find You Guilty?
WKU has precise procedures set out for what happens when an academic misconduct hearing decides a student is guilty. Penalties are also laid out according to the severity of the crime; they include:
* Warning for minor infractions
* Assigning a failing grade for assignments
* Assigning a failing grade for the entire affected course without option to withdraw.
* Restrictions on participation in certain university-related activities/programs
* Interim suspension, which may be put with immediate effect
* Deferred suspension which can be administered with deferred effect according to time limits.
* Expulsion, which could result in barred admission into another University or College
Appealing A Decision On Academic Misconduct Charges at WKU
In case of an unfair ruling, WKU allows for appeals within five business days of receiving unfavorable results from disciplinary panels. The Vice President receives written notes providing grounds for appeal citing claims such as:
1) Procedure was not observed during hearing sessions/hearings were not run fairly
2) Key information wasnt considered in determining whether the accused was guilty or not
3) Imposed penalty unreasonably harsh given extent of offense committed based on circumstances.
After analyzing reasons provided this official may hand down swift decisions such as affirming, modifying or reversing rulings.
Why You Need An Attorney-Advisor
A charge of academic misconduct at WKU could unravel years of effort and hard work spent pursuing your desired career path. While sanctions could extend from curtailment of extracurricular activity privileges to complete expulsion from school, you may face reputational harm stemming from a tainted academic record due to wrongful accusations. Hiring an attorney with knowledge of what’s at stake is essential in preparing a winning defense. Contact Attorney Todd Spodek today on 212-300-5196 for skillful legal representation and guidance throughout the proceedings.