Don’t Just Accept Academic Misconduct Charges Fight Back with Todd Spodek
Students often opt to accept academic misconduct charges instead of fighting against them. Even if innocent, they choose to take the punishment and move on because they presume that their professors’ decisions cannot be questioned. This approach is flawed because universities are prone to mistakes, and educators may wrongly accuse students or impose unduly harsh penalties.
Additionally, accepting responsibility for academic misconduct can have serious long-term consequences on your academic and professional career. Even an admonition in your permanent record can hinder you from obtaining scholarships, admission to postgraduate schools, or affect future employment opportunities.
Challenging an accusation is not an easy task as judicial procedures can be very complicated, and most schools tend to side with instructors. However, it’s crucial not to fight alone; hiring an experienced attorney-advisor who ensures fairness in the proceedings leads to a better resolution of the case.
Defining Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct refers mainly to coursework tasks in Touro College challenging you not have any unfair advantage while pursuing your degree. The following are some violations under Touro’s Academic Integrity Policy:
Plagiarism: This offense involves passing another person’s work or ideas as your own without acknowledging due credit. It could be something significant such as purchasing a paper from an online mill or turning in somebody elses work disguised as yours. Even failing to utilize quotation marks around a quote from your manual could land you into trouble with the institution’s codes of conduct commonly known as academic dishonesty guidelines.
Cheating: This term encompasses all sorts of academic misconduct where you use unauthorized resources while doing coursework tasks. Like plagiarism, cheating is wide-ranging as unauthorized materials can take almost any form, such as looking over another student’s exam paper during tests or asking someone else to take tests on your behalf.
Research Misconduct: Real-world research gives numerous Touro students excellent opportunities; however, students must abide by the same ethical guidelines as any professional working in their field.
Your instructor has the responsibility of identifying and reporting instances where academic integrity violations have taken place in your coursework. Faculty members are, however, not at liberty to mete out any punishment they deem appropriate. Each school has a predefined set of rules for each tier of an academic offense.
Instructors can categorize sanctions as either A, B or C; they can only assign level C ranking of violations. For instance:
Makeup work or re-submission of assignment
Lowered grade on the assignment, up to a zero
Lowered grade in the course, up to an F
Touro College requires everyone who violates its policy to complete a series of ethics tutorials. Department Chairs then forward copies of all misconduct reports to the Chief Academic Integrity (CAI) Officer for record-keeping purposes and monitoring repeated offenders.
You have every right to challenge charges or proposed penalties leveled against you by your educator. This process entails submitting a written statement to the CAI Officer followed by a full hearing before the Touro College Standing Committee on Academic Integrity.
Hearings are not live; thus, you cannot tackle your instructor directly. All constituted individuals will engage one-on-one with the committee presenting evidence while answering questions. The committee is responsible for assessing pieces of evidence while evaluating the level of responsibility and appropriately setting sanctions.
Although legal representation is prohibited during hearings, it doesn’t mean that hiring legal counsel isn’t critical because an attorney can guide you through drafting documents preparing for questions and even file appeals if necessary. Importantly, legal representatives ensure that nobody violates your due process rights throughout proceedings leading to possible acquittal.
Todd Spodek Student Conduct Attorney-Advisor
It’s paramount not to take allegations lightly by finding out what it takes to defend yourself in all instances of academic misconduct. Hiring an expert defense attorney will enable you to protect your rights and underlying interests throughout a potential long-drawn-out process.
Todd Spodek focuses entirely on student misconduct cases, holding full qualification and licensing that guarantees each client is privy to their rights throughout the case’s entire duration. Having represented multiple implicated individuals due to various academic offenses, Spodek understands how the university operates, its judicial procedures while dealing with faculty administrators and students alike
No matter what academic violation allegations you face, Todd Spodek can provide informed legal solutions where he believes you have a fighting chance of prevailing against charges. Finding out what could be done next is a proper initial step as prompt consultations increase the likeliness of successfully challenging charges leveled against you. Call 888-555-3686 for a consultation or use our automated online form today.