On a College Campus, it can be very common for rumors and allegations to spread rapidly. While most of these statements are generally limited to the scope of harmless gossip, sometimes, a person's false or fabricated statements can lead to trouble. Falsely reporting things to campus authorities, or misleading campus authorities can often carry disastrous consequences for individuals. Doing so can mean disciplinary action from the college, and if any local police were involved, it may mean that a student faces criminal charges. When a student faces criminal charges or disciplinary action from their college, their future professional and career goals may be threatened.
Common Examples of Falsification or Fabrication Seen on a College Campus
There are a number of situations that may cause a student to face accusations or charges of falsification or fabrication. Some of these situations can include:
- False Reporting: When a student makes a false report to a campus authority, it can get another student in trouble for something that may not have actually happened. Sometimes, a student may not do this intentionally, and may simply be acting off of misinformation of their own. In either case, the college will likely take swift action against them.
- Misleading Statements: Sometimes, when a student provides information in a campus investigation, they may not communicate clearly. This can sometimes be considered a misleading statement, especially if the investigation is ultimately hindered by the student's statements. If this happens, a student may be in trouble with their college or local authorities.
- Attempting to Protect a Friend: Many times students may utter falsehoods or misguide investigations in order to protect their friend or social group from any potential harm. Unfortunately, this can often times get the both of them in even bigger trouble.
How Can Falsification or Fabrication Affect My Standing as a Student of the College?
When a student is accused of making false statements, they may face strong consequences from their college. If their statements have been used in an on going campus or local police investigation, the student will be held accountable. Campus authorities and local police often work together to bring charges against students. Students who are found to have provided false statements may be subjected to criminal charges if they impeded an investigation at the criminal level. If they have impeded a campus investigation, students may be met with disciplinary action. This can include suspension, or even expulsion if the situation was serious enough to warrant such harsh actions.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey Student Defense Attorney
Students who face disciplinary actions against them or criminal charges have their future career and professional goals placed in jeopardy. These can become complex situations that are difficult for students to succeed. Students facing accusations on two fronts may be frustrated and feel as though their futures are in danger. Many colleges have their own versions of hearings for disciplinary violations. Fortunately, an attorney can help students through these hearings. Joseph D. Lento is an attorney with extensive experience defending criminal charges as well as defending students as their disciplinary hearings.