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.