Even if your primary reason for going to college is to get away from your parents, pursuing higher education is likely to be good for your future. In fact, according to Southern New Hampshire University, college graduates tend to earn higher salaries, have more job opportunities and even make a meaningful difference to their communities.
Regardless of where you go to school, you are likely to have an obligation to follow a code of conduct. Plagiarism, cheating and other types of academic misconduct may result in your suspension or expulsion. Unfortunately, academic misconduct also can affect your future career.
Your college record
It is not uncommon for other universities and employers to request college records. Academic misconduct might appear on your transcript or other documents. As a result, you might have trouble gaining admission to a different college or landing your dream job.
Your criminal history
While not every type of academic misconduct is a crime, certain lapses in judgment can violate the law. For example, prosecutors might file criminal charges against you for stealing your professor’s intellectual property. If you have a criminal record, especially a felony one, you might be ineligible for some career paths.
Your future references
Even if you manage to pull the wool over a future employer’s eyes, your academic misconduct might eventually come to light. This can result in the termination of your employment and your ineligibility for rehire. Because subsequent employers often check with previous employers, you may not be able to hide your academic misconduct again.
Ultimately, because academic misconduct might follow you for the rest of your life, it is imperative to defend yourself aggressively against any allegations you currently are facing.