All colleges and universities in Connecticut have what's known as a “code of conduct.” As the name implies, the code is a set of rules advising how students should conduct themselves to maintain a safe learning environment. In the event that a student has been accused of violating this code, they will have to undergo a disciplinary proceeding to determine whether or not they are “responsible” for breaking the rules. The disciplinary process looks different at every school. Check your school's student handbook to see how your school facilitates disciplinary proceedings.
A finding of responsibility for a violation of the code of conduct can get you in serious trouble. Trouble that can not only derail their college career but can affect you down the line in your professional life. To maximize your chances of a favorable outcome and to ensure the process is equitable, you should seek representation from an experienced Connecticut advisor.
Common Code of Conduct Violations
Academic misconduct is an act that breaches academic integrity. Cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism are all very common examples of violations of this nature.
Of course, most colleges and universities have rules concerning alcohol use amongst students on campus. All institutions restrict alcohol use for students under the age of 21 because it is against the law. However, some schools have restrictions concerning alcohol consumption and possession for students who are above the legal age limit. But at almost every school, there will undoubtedly be consequences for providing alcoholic beverages to underage students.
Bullying is defined as any act that causes substantial harm to another student or a group of students. Bullying can be carried out verbally, physically and even electronically. If a victim complains that this behavior has interfered with their education, and has created an intimidating environment for them, the school will not take their allegations lightly.
Disorderly conduct is any behavior that can be considered lewd, disruptive, or indecent, regardless of one's intentions.
The unlawful distribution, use, possession, or purchase of illicit drugs, controlled substances, or paraphernalia is prohibited on all campuses (not to mention, illegal).
Hazing rituals are still a big part of campus culture. When these rituals get out of hand, students will be accused of violating their school's code of conduct. According to most school rules, if hazing rituals include conduct that degrades, endangers, or humiliates a person, the students involved will be sanctioned.
Physical Misconduct / Assault / Violence
Fighting or any other unwanted physical contact against another person is not allowed on campus.
Theft is defined as the act of taking or attempting to take another person's property without their permission.
Connecticut Disciplinary Violation Advisor
The assistance of an attorney advisor during disciplinary proceedings is invaluable. National disciplinary advisor Joseph D. Lento has the skill, experience, and expertise to help you preserve your entitled rights under your school's policy. For a case evaluation or more information about his representation, contact him online or give him a call at 888-535-3686 today.
Connecticut colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's disciplinary violation advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:
- Eastern Connecticut State University
- Central Connecticut State University
- Southern Connecticut State University
- Western Connecticut State University
- University of Connecticut
- Asnuntuck Community College
- Capital Community College
- Charter Oak State College
- Gateway Community College
- Housatonic Community College
- Manchester Community College
- Middlesex Community College
- Naugatuck Valley Community College
- Northwestern Connecticut Community College
- Norwalk Community College
- Quinebaug Valley Community College
- Three Rivers Community College
- Tunxis Community College
Federal-Level Military Academy
- United States Coast Guard Academy – (exempt from Title IX and the Clery Act)
Private Colleges and Universities
- Albertus Magnus College
- Connecticut College
- Fairfield University
- Goodwin College
- Hartford Seminary
- Holy Apostles College and Seminary
- Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
- Mitchell College
- New England Baptist College
- University of New Haven
- Paier College of Art
- Quinnipiac University
- Rensselaer at Hartford
- Sacred Heart University
- St. Vincent's College
- Trinity College
- University of Bridgeport
- University of Hartford
- University of Saint Joseph
- Wesleyan University
- Yale University
- Lincoln College of New England (formerly Briarwood College)
- Lincoln Technical Institute
- Post University
College disciplinary violations can impact an accused student's life if not defended against properly and as early as possible during the disciplinary process, and Joseph D. Lento has a decade of experience passionately fighting for the future of his clients at colleges and universities throughout the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead, prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a student advisor and educational consultant to students facing disciplinary cases in Connecticut and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact student defense attorney Joseph D. Lento today.