Does my school have legal grounds to dismiss/expell on academic misconduct?

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Does my school have legal grounds to dismiss/expell on academic misconduct?

I’m currently a graduate student. This semester I did not perform well due to personal issues, and I of course take responsibility for that. Recently I was accused of cheating though my grades are not good, and that I had somehow hacked the grade system Blackboard and changed my grades. One example is my grade being a 65 when supposedly it was a 62. Anyway, the school told me IT did an

Asked on January 19, 2019 under Business Law, California

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

It depends on the school's honor or academic integrity or student conduct, etc. code(s), which it is almost certain that you agreed to be bound to as part of matriculating there. Anything which you agreed to be bound by when you were admitted as a student becomes part of a contract between you and the school, and you are held to those terms. They can expel you for any grounds permitted in any of the documents, including the above-referencd code, which govern you being a student at the school. So you have to reference those documents to see what you can be expelled for and if there is any process (e.g. certain kinds of hearings) they must follow before doing this. 


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