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I am a student who has been accused of academic dishonesty.

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Hi, I am a student who has been accused of academic dishonesty. I have decided to contest the allegation because I do not believe I am in the wrong. Shall I continue?

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My school is in Indiana.

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An allegation has been filed, and an initial investigation is going on right now

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The matter has to do with incorrect citation. And this is a first time offense.

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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 8 months ago
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Hi! I have been accused of plagiarism, and I have been reported to the Honor Board. An initial investigation is underway, to see if there is enough evidence for a hearing to take place. My professor has a problem with my citations, i.e. I have cited everything, but have not used quotation marks for some of the citations. He believes this is an attempt to pass on someone's work as my own but I have not done that.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have the option of writing a statement explaining myself for the investigation. Should I do so?
Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 8 months ago

You should absolutely do so - and you should explain why certain citations do not warrant quotations (ie. b/c they're not direct quotes). If you push back hard they'll see that you're serious.

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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 8 months ago

Nothing good will come from doing nothing and "seeing what happens"...

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
There's also the fact that the things I wrote were statistics, eg: the main raw materials were coal and oil, or the war of independence took place in 1857. I asked my professor in a meeting before he reported me how he would have written these sentences differently, and he said he couldn't think of anything. Should I mention that in the statement or is that too aggressive?
Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 8 months ago

Being aggressive in this case is okay... and in this case that is not an aggressive statement - it's a true one. There are only a certain number of ways you can say certain things!

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
What are my chances of getting out of these allegations?
Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 8 months ago

Crystal ball... I wish I could tell you otherwise... It just depends upon whether you can explain away your citation deficiencies - if there are deficiencies.

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Lawyer: Olivia Kent, Attorney replied 8 months ago

Can I answer anything else for you? If you have specific citation questions I can answer those as well :)

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