When a student is charged with committing a crime, or accused of a criminal act, they may not simply face consequences on the criminal front. Many times, local police work together with campus police and authorities against a student. Violations of the law will often constitute violations of a school's disciplinary code. While in court a student has leeway under the standard of "beyond a reasonable doubt" before they may be convicted of a criminal offense, colleges will use their own standard of evidence which is often much more strict.
Many times a college will enact its own courtroom-like measures for enacting discipline against a student who has violated the code of conduct for the school. These are often hearing based meetings that have their own panels for judging whether or not a student has violated the code. Unfortunately, students are not granted the same rights in these situations as they would be in a real court proceeding, and may find their academic and professional goals quickly disappearing before their very eyes.
Student Defense Attorney
Joseph D. Lento is a criminal and student defense attorney with extensive experience defending students at their disciplinary hearings. If you or your student is facing disciplinary hearings or criminal charges, contact us today at 888-535-3686.