How can I help my child prepare for a college sexual misconduct hearing in New Jersey? VIDEO

Preparing your child for a university sexual misconduct hearing in New Jersey needs to take place as early as possible in the process. As soon as the college university notifies the accused student, the respondent, that is, of the allegations against him or her, you have to bear in mind the prospect of a hearing. When the respondent responds to the allegations, it needs to be done as effectively as possible, because it will be challenged during the course of the hearing process. Anything that would support the accused student's version of events needs to be presented to the school at the applicable time.

Witnesses, documentary evidence would all need to be presented. Expert reports may need to be obtained. Prior to the hearing itself an investigation report will be prepared and presented to the hearing panel. The hearing panel will review that and will have a good understanding of the case before the hearing even takes place. That's why it's critical that the investigation report be as strong as possible. For purposes of the hearing an opening and closing statement would need to be prepared, questions for the witnesses. The complainant, the respondent, the witnesses would all need to be prepared cross-examination questions as applicable.

There also has to be oversight and accountability for the hearing process and the hearing panel. An experienced attorney advisor will be your son or daughter's best ally if they are facing a university sexual misconduct hearing in New Jersey.

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