How can I help my child prepare for a university sexual misconduct hearing in Massachusetts? VIDEO

Preparing your child for university sexual misconduct hearing in Massachusetts 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 the allegations against him or her, you have 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 at a later time 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, be it witnesses, witness statements, documentary evidence.

Expert reports may need to be obtained prior to the hearing and investigation report will be prepared and will be presented to the hearing panel. The hearing panel will review that prior to the hearing, 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. An opening and closing statement would need to be prepared for purposes of the hearing, appropriate questions for the complainant, the respondent, the witnesses, applicable cross-examination questions would need to be prepared. There also has to be oversight in accountability for the hearing process and the hearing panel. An experienced attorney advisor will be your best ally if your son or daughter is facing a sexual misconduct hearing at a college or university in Massachusetts.