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

Preparing your child for a university sexual misconduct hearing in North Dakota needs to take place as early as possible in the process. As soon as the college or university notifies the accused student, the respondent, that is, of the allegations against him or her, you need to bear in mind the prospect of a hearing. When the accused student responds to the allegations, it needs to be done as effectively as possible because it will be challenged during the hearing process.

Anything that would support the accused student's version of events needs to be presented to the school at the appropriate time. Witness statements, documentary evidence, expert reports may need to be obtained. Prior to the hearing taking place an investigation report will be prepared and will be 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 would need to be prepared including applicable cross-examination questions for the complainant, the respondent, the witnesses. There also has to be oversight and accountability for the hearing process in the hearing panel. An experienced attorney advisor will be your son or daughter's best ally if they're facing a university sexual misconduct hearing.

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