My son is a high school junior with a spotless record. Last week, his teacher gave him an academic dishonesty report because of two line in his two page homework similar to his lab partner. My son explained to him that he did call this other student because he did not understand that question. But he hung up the phone after he got it to finish his report. His teacher would not believe either my son nor the other student. The teacher also sent me an email stating the incident and the consequence of losing the 20 points for this homework. My son felt that he could earn the 20 points back instead of fighting and fear upsetting the teacher. So we and our son signed the form. Today my son was told that this has to be on his college application as an academic misdemeanor. What to do?
What to do? These cases are very specialized and hard to win. You would want to search Google for an educational law/school law attorney in your city/state and get representation.
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Clearly you and your son did not understand the ramifications of the form you signed and the very serious and long-lasting consequences that could ensue from that.
In my judgment, you need to engage counsel to challenge the allegation of the teacher. That will be more difficult now, with the signing of the form, than it would have been before. But that difficulty does not change the necessity to unravel this situation. Do NOT make any further statements or actions at the request or direction of the school until you have consulted counsel.
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