Educational institutions at all levels strive to promote academic integrity. Besides, without strict adherence to the institution’s guidelines, how can we ascertain the credibility of the student’s result?
It’s even more difficult now that students take classes online. Pinpointing, curbing, and appropriately punishing academic misconduct is more complex than it used to be. This means that students accused of academic misconduct could be innocent, and in some cases, they indulge in these misconducts without even realizing it.
That’s why our Marietta, Georgia-based team at Frye Law Group is providing these five basic tips for students accused of online academic misconduct. Students need to be ready to act in case they are falsely accused, and our team is ready to defend their rights.
1. Get a Georgia Student Defense Attorney
When falsely accused of academic misconduct, it is normal to feel emotional; however, trying to defend yourself at this stage will only complicate the issue, so try as much as possible not to respond immediately.
There’s no need to prove your innocence immediately. Get in touch with a student defense attorney as quickly as possible. These types of attorneys are trained to defend you, so leave everything to them.
A good student attorney knows how to professionally clear you of false accusations within the legal framework.
2. Go Through Your School's Code of Conduct
Within Georgia and throughout the United States, many students tend to ignore the content of their handbooks. A good number don’t even go through it at all. Ironically, the handbook is one of the most important books you’ll own as a student. It contains everything you need to know about academic misconduct, violations and potential penalties.
Ensure that you read your handbook thoroughly so that it can equip you through every step you’ll take. If you’re accused of academic misconduct, you’ll want to know the contents pretty well. You’ll be surprised to know that your administrator, coordinator, and faculty at your college are often not well-versed in the handbook’s content.
With good knowledge of your handbook, you’ll have an edge and help you handle the case better.
3. Document Everything
When you are accused of academic misconduct, start keeping records — especially of all the important evidence regarding the accusations.
Your record should include:
- The evidence used against you (i.e., alleged plagiarized material, email exchanged, any other material that you feel is relevant)
- Document of the accusation itself
- Notes on interactions, communications with any involved parties
- A journal of any other notable events
4. Keep Information to Yourself
The more discreet you are with the case, the better. Don’t disclose or discuss the case with anyone — including your professors, friends, or classmates.
The fewer people you involve in what is happening, the less information about the case goes out. This privacy gives you a better standing.
It’s especially important to note that posting information about the case on social media will make the case worse.
5. Remember That You are Going Up Against Your School
Many students think that their school and administration is on their side. This is probably because there’s this feeling that educational institutions will protect students’ interests at all costs.
Unfortunately, this may not always be the case. Remember that your school is only an establishment, and your favorite professor is just an employee. The school will always put its interests before those of any student.
The only person entirely on your side will be your Georgia student defense attorney, which is why it’s so important to contact them as soon as you’re made aware of the allegations against you.
Contact a Georgia Student Defense Attorney today
When you are accused of academic misconduct, you are going up against your institution, so every action you take at this point is going to count.
At Frye Law Group, we have years of experience helping young people deal with accusations and getting them through the necessary procedures to ensure they still have a bright future ahead of them.
Get in touch with our team today to see how our attorneys can help.