The term catfishing became popular in 2010 with the release of a movie of the same name. The idea is that a person enters into some kind of relationship with someone they have met over the internet. When they finally meet the other person, they have completely different looks, voice, personality, then the person they pretended to be online. An extreme example is a high school male chatting online with a high school female, only to find out she's actually a sixty-year-old man.
Catfishing sounds like a fun prank to play on a friend or classmate, but the reality is, it can very easily get out of hand. Whether or not you can get in trouble for it will depend on the severity of the catfishing done. For instance, if you are pretending to be someone of the same age as your victim and you convince them to send you money, you could get into trouble. But if you are just conversing with them via text, you probably won't.
Possible Consequences for Catfishing a Classmate
Every university has a specific code of conduct they expect their students to follow. While each code of conduct is different, they generally explain what actions are off-limits, this includes actions that would disrupt the academic environment. For instance, at Ball State, students cannot create an intimidating or hostile environment. If you are catfishing a classmate in order to ridicule and bully them later, you would be violating this part of the code of conduct.
Students who violate the code of conduct can be subject to disciplinary measures. Disciplinary measures include anything from a written warning to suspension or expulsion. And remember, if you are suspended or expelled, those sanctions are placed on your final transcripts – meaning you will need to explain them to any future admissions representative if you hope to continue your education elsewhere.
How an Attorney-Advisor Can Help
Attorney Joseph D. Lento and Lento Law Firm have spent years helping hundreds of college students across the country navigate disciplinary hearings. They will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are upheld so that you do not fall through the adjudication cracks. If you or someone you love is facing charges for violating the code of conduct in any way, call Lento Law Firm today. Attorney Lento will gather witnesses and evidence to create a strong defense on your behalf. He knows that the best defense is a good offense.
Call 888-535-3686 today or schedule a consultation online. You do not need to navigate these proceedings alone. Attorney Lento can help.