Cheating, Plagiarism, and Incidents of Academic Dishonesty in School: When and How to Respond Lawfully

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DL Only                 $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, pupil services directors, special education directors, and district legal counsel
Best For: K-12

School district officials often face situations involving alleged academic dishonesty by students. Whether academic dishonesty has occurred is sometimes difficult to identify, considering in some instances students may be trying to collaborate on an assignment or using limited information found from a source. In other instances, however, students may engage in conduct that is clearly dishonesty, such as intentionally plagiarizing another person’s work or copying answers from another student’s test. Technology also seems to have increased the opportunity for such dishonesty to occur, considering the vast information found on the internet and the various applications found on mobile devices to permit students to take and send pictures of assignments. Students often see cheating as a short-term solution, but do not realize the consequences of their decisions. Academic dishonesty may not only involve discipline, but may also have academic implications.

Please join Rick Verstegen for a presentation that will explain the legal implications related to academic dishonesty, including the identification of academic dishonesty, due process requirements for investigating such conduct, and the possible consequences for the student.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • The school’s obligations to respond to incidents of academic dishonesty.
  • Why adopting and distributing a policy is so important.
  • Consequences to address such dishonesty.
  • The laws related to confidentiality during an investigation.
  • Various cases involving such dishonesty and consider the implications for your district.


Your conference leader for “Cheating, Plagiarism, and Incidents of Academic Dishonesty in School: When and How to Respond Lawfully” is Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick’s practice focuses in all areas of school law, including constitutional law, civil rights, student issues, privacy and technology issues, student safety, and many other issues. He advises school administrators and represents school boards on these matters, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and school board policies, and provides other legal services. Rick also has extensive experience on matters involving labor relations, employment law, contracts, handbooks, anti-discrimination law, workplace bullying and harassment, wage and hour laws, hiring, background checks, drug testing, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, and workplace investigations. He also represents school districts at hearings before state and federal agencies and state courts, including wage claims, unemployment hearings, collection matters, and discrimination complaints. Rick has published many articles on school and employment law related topics. In addition he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with school, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the President-Elect of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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