A single college cheating allegation at a Nassau County college or university can ruin your future opportunities, not just in academia but in the career world at large. Academic institutions are obligated to disclose disciplinary records upon request, and any findings of an academic integrity violation can be accessible to a wide range of organizations.
Graduate schools, law schools, and medical schools will typically require a student to release all records, including ones documenting academic dishonesty. Furthermore, many government institutions and enterprise-level employers are now performing more due diligence than ever before. Because of this risk, it is important to know how to fight academic dishonesty charges, and an attorney experienced in academic policy and litigation can assist you.
TonaLaw has successfully fought for the rights of students accused of academic cheating. We want you to be informed of the procedures and policies that govern your school’s academic integrity investigations, and you deserve to have a fair hearing.
Call us today at 1-833-TONALAW or contact us online to speak to an academic dishonesty lawyer in Nassau County during a free and no-obligation case review.
FERPA Laws May Not Prevent a Records Review, So Every Academic Misconduct Finding May Matter
Many students mistakenly think that the Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 prevents schools from releasing records without their consent. However, higher learning institutions are permitted to share records when a student is transferring or when a law enforcement agency is investigating a case where said records may be relevant.
Furthermore, most post-graduate schools now require you to release your full records in order to complete the application process. Not consenting to such a release can mean your application is incomplete and you’re ineligible for consideration. Many employers now hold this requirement, too, especially ones in the legal, medical, or law enforcement field where ethical oversight is considered critical.
Students accused of academic integrity violations cannot simply acquiesce to their accusations and hope that their cooperation will lead to a better outcome. They have an interest in their future and in their legal rights that demands a fair hearing based upon hard evidence, not hearsay or unsupported allegations. Otherwise, they may have no choice but to disclose past findings of academic dishonesty and jeopardize their future opportunities.
How Our Nassau County Academic Dishonesty Lawyers Can Help
Appointing a Nassau County academic cheating defense lawyer gives you the knowledge and resources needed to understand your school’s disciplinary processes.
It is particularly important to know what constitutes proof and what types of evidence are considered admissible.
In early 2020, TonaLaw successfully represented a student of SUNY Stony Brook University accused of colluding to cheat on an exam with fellow classmates. While many other students involved in the Stony Brook cheating case admitted guilt, our client was informed of their rights to a fair hearing and to question the evidence being put forth. We prepared the student to anticipate what questions they may have been asked and how to deliver an opening statement that clearly outlined their argument.
Through our research, we discovered that the professor alleging college cheating lacked “clear and convincing” evidence, as required by the university’s own written policies. Preparing the student for their hearing and bringing the lack of evidence to light compelled the University Judiciary Committee to drop all charges and close the hearing mid-session. Our client was able to successfully graduate on time and apply to their graduate schools of choice unhampered by an unsupported academic misconduct finding.
All TonaLaw Academic Dishonesty case studies:
- TonaLaw successfully represented and defended a student accused of academic dishonesty at a Top 100 University in the Nation
- TonaLaw Defends Student at SUNY Accused of Academic Dishonesty, Student Was Cleared of Any Wrongdoing
- Stony Brook Case Study
Representing Students Accused of Academic Misconduct Throughout Nassau County
Nassau County is one of the most populous counties in the country, and it is home to many prestigious higher learning institutions. Schools like Hofstra University, Adelphi University, LIU Post, and Molloy College have a reputation that attracts thousands of local, regional, and international students each year.
Other noteworthy schools in Nassau County include:
- N.Y. Institute of Technology
- SUNY Empire State College
- SUNY Farmingdale
- SUNY Stony Brook
- The College at Old Westbury
- U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
- Webb Institute
- L.I. University–C.W. Post Campus
- Nassau Community College
- Briarcliff College
Graduate and Professional Schools
- Hofstra University School of Law
- NY College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
- Stony Brook School of Health Technology & Management
- Stony Brook School of Medicine
- Stony Brook School of Nursing
- Stony Brook School of Social Welfare
- Adelphi University Graduate Programs
- Touro Law Center
- New York College of Health Professions
No matter where you are a student and what program you are enrolled in, TonaLaw wants to ensure that your rights are protected. Many college cheating allegations are based on suspicion or specious reasoning with a complete lack of credible evidence.
By securing legal counsel, you can be prepared for your academic judiciary process hearing and aware of the facts that are necessary to prove a finding of academic misconduct.
Talk to Experienced Litigators, and Learn How to Fight Academic Dishonesty Charges
Countless students across the world are misinformed or unaware of their rights when they are accused of an academic integrity violation. Don’t walk into your hearing or make any statement without first learning what to expect, how to handle yourself during a hearing, and how to present your case in a clear and convincing manner.
Reach out to TonaLaw today if you have been accused of cheating or are worried about possible academic misconduct charges. You can receive a free, no-obligation case review when you call 1-833-TONALAW or contact us online to schedule your appointment now.