Every college in Wyoming has its own code of conduct. The rules in that code dictate what students can and cannot do on campus, and set out the process and penalties for a disciplinary violation. Contrary to popular belief, one of those disciplinary violations can carry significant penalties and can put such a blemish on your academic record that interested employers think twice about hiring you once you graduate.
Hiring a lawyer to be your advisor if you have been accused of a disciplinary violation in Wyoming can be the best way to protect your rights and your professional future.
Types of Disciplinary Violations in Wyoming
While every college in the state has its own code of conduct with its own unique set of rules and procedures, there are similar themes that each school touches on, almost without fail.
Alcohol and Underage Drinking
Perhaps one of the most prominent parts of a college's code of conduct is for underage drinking and the use of alcohol on campus. Colleges in Wyoming aim to take underage drinking seriously because of its ability to hurt a student's college experience and professional future. As a result, disciplinary violations that are alcohol-related are especially common on campus.
Another unique college experience is hazing, which can come from especially aggressive initiation procedures for student organizations, fraternities, or even sports teams. When those procedures for bringing in new recruits put them in danger, the people who organized the activity in question can face a disciplinary violation for their role.
Sexual Misconduct and Harassment
One of the most serious disciplinary violation allegations that you can face on a campus in Wyoming is for sexual assault, harassment, stalking, or rape. Allegations of this type are severe, and can even implicate federal laws, like Title IX, which pressure a school into aggressively prosecuting an incident of sexual misconduct or risk losing their federal funding. The repercussions of a disciplinary violation for an act of sexual conduct are severe, and can even lead to being expelled from school.
Another severe example of a disciplinary violation is for academic misconduct. All schools take their academic reputations seriously, and so vigorously enforce their expectations of academic integrity. Violations of this portion of a school's code of conduct – for things like cheating, plagiarism, forging school documents, or destroying or distributing academic materials like exams – can also be punished with expulsion. Even lesser penalties, though, can taint your school record and prove to be an obstacle as you enter the working world.
Disciplinary Violation Advisor in Wyoming
College students who have been accused of a disciplinary violation in Wyoming can use an attorney as their advisor for the investigation and hearing process. Even if the offense sounds trivial, having a lawyer at your side can ensure that your future is protected from a serious blemish on your academic record.
Wyoming 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:
- Casper College
- Central Wyoming College
- College America Cheyenne
- Eastern Wyoming College
- Laramie County Community College
- Northwest College
- Sheridan College
- University of Phoenix Cheyenne Campus
- University of Wyoming
- Western Wyoming Community College
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 Wyoming and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact student defense attorney Joseph D. Lento today.