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Help, I was accused of cheating
Hi, so one of my final exams this past year was open textbook. I was an idiot and did not check the textbook before going to the test, and turns out I had an old homework folded inside. My teacher saw the sheet, and I explained to him it was an accident. I thought I dodged a major bullet, especially when I received my grade in the class. My account was put on hold two weeks later though and I was told it was because of an academic misconduct allegation. The person deciding my guilt does not like me because I 'asked too many questions' whenI was panicking about what to do (my email was super polite, even my parents proofread it). He told me that I could be found completely innocent, or plead guilty, get an F and have to reveal this info on grad school apps. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do? I definitely did something wrong and deserve some kind of punishment, but having to answer yes to misconduct questions on grad school apps seems horrifying. Should I fight the charge, even though I worry this might make this worse? Or just hope grad schools understand? Is there any rules about notifications or timeliness I can use since I wasn't notified about the allegation until I asked and I was told weeks later (there is no rule in our code of contact)? Thanks in advance.