Domestic Violence on College Campuses

Students on college campuses are often experiencing a number of things for the first time. Due to the environment without parental guidance, the college environment is a great place for students to learn what it is like to be out on their own. Unfortunately, there are a number of situations where a student may be exposed to situations that may test their judgment. While these present valuable learning experiences, students may also find themselves in trouble. At times, students may encounter certain difficulties in their interpersonal relationships, this may sometimes lead to domestic violence accusations. When a student is accused of a domestic violence act, their future academic and career goals may be in danger, and they may face criminal charges as well.

Common Situations Involving Domestic Violence on a College Campus

There are a number of situations in which a student may find themselves accused of an act of domestic violence while on a college campus. Some of these scenarios can include:

  • False Allegations: Due to the ease of reporting domestic violence on college campuses, there is a large window of opportunity for individuals to make false reports. This can come about if someone wishes to take vengeance on a former romantic partner, or if the facts of a certain incident are unclear. While schools do have deterrents for those who make false reports, sometimes these are not always enough to protect a student
  • Relationship Disputes: Sometimes when couples disagree with one another, others hear and misconstrue what is actually going on. This can lead to a student being accused of acts of domestic violence based on claims from someone outside of their situation.
  • Domestic Violence Incidents: The hard truth is, sometimes incidents of domestic violence will happen. However, these incidents are treated particularly harshly by a college or university, and a student may quickly become overwhelmed.

How Can Domestic Violence Allegations Affect My Standing With My College?

When a person faces domestic violence allegations, their standing with their college may be affected. Domestic violence charges are taken seriously by both the state and a student's academic institution. Many times, these two institutions will share their knowledge and evidence with one another, and work together against a student. In addition, many schools have strict Title IX policies. Title IX violations can mean that a student faces consequences of expulsion or suspension.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Student Defense Attorney

When a student faces disciplinary action on claims of a Title IX violation related to domestic violence, their situation can be difficult. At times, they may face pressure from both state authorities as well as campus authorities. Their academic and professional goals may be on the line along with their freedom. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help. Joseph Lento is a criminal defense attorney who also has extensive experience defending students in disciplinary violations, including those involving Title IX violations.

If you or your student is currently facing disciplinary sanctions or criminal charges related to domestic violence, contact attorney Joseph D. Lento today.

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