Is an attorney always allowed in the room during a university disciplinary hearing?

 

It depends. The answer to that question largely depends on the nature of the offense itself. For Title IX sexual misconduct cases, 99.9 out of a hundred times an attorney is allowed in the room and can be directly involved throughout the process. I've dealt with one school once where representing a professor, the process didn't allow an attorney to be, say, directly involved. It was an odd situation. For public universities, depending on the offense and the specific stage of the proceedings, in most instances, an attorney can be directly involved. At private universities, again, if it's a Title IX offense, yes. If it's say an academic misconduct charge, it really can vary between public and private universities. At public universe universities, the short answer is yes. At private universities, it's yes as the Title IX offenses. Exceptions can also be made even if a school has a policies which do not allow an attorney's direct involvement. An experienced attorney would be able to know how to navigate and to potentially obtain favorable discretion.

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