If I commit a crime at college, can I face both university disciplinary proceedings and criminal charges?

If you commit a crime at college, you can unfortunately face both university disciplinary proceedings and criminal charges. That's the bad news. The better news is that in many instances, the college or university disciplinary proceedings will be all that takes place. That being said, what can take place at the school can have tremendous short and long-term consequences, say, if somebody is found responsible for an allegation of misconduct and then are sanctioned accordingly. It could include suspension or expulsion. There is of course the risk in the prospect of a criminal investigation or a criminal case.

That has to be kept in mind as one goes through the conduct process. At most schools, a student is expected to have participated in the conduct process regardless of what's taking place outside of the school, say, if there were to be in those limited instances of criminal investigation or criminal case. It is a very high stakes situation and the decisions and responses that would need to be made accordingly have to be very calculated. Having an experienced attorney advisor is going to best protect your interest and rights and would help you best understand and navigate the process moving forward. If you're accused of any misconduct at college, you should have a person in your corner from as early as possible in the process.

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