I was recently accused of cheating on two of my common exams, and presented my story to one the faculty members, who seemed to understand that I was telling the truth, however, he then took the case to another faculty member( no doubt someone higher up on the food chain), and he was less beleiving. He told me there would be an "investigation" and that they would contact me again. For the record, I am telling the truth and did not cheat on either of the exams. Then this morning I received this e-mail from the Associate Dean Of Students:
You have been charged with multiple violations of the universitys academic integrity and professional conduct codes. You therefore must call the number below to have the secretary schedule a meeting with me. I have placed a hold on your record until that meeting occurs. You will not receive a grade for your course until this matter is resolved, and, due to the serious nature of the charges, you also face expulsion from the university.
What should I do now? Should I just plead guilty even though I am not, because maybe that will get me a lesser punishment. If I get expelled my life would basically be over, and if I plead guilty and lose the case, do you think I will be expelled? Please help!!