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My University Issued a No-Contact Order... For My Classmate

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

If another student accuses you of dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or some other offense, your university might serve you with a no-contact order. The purpose of the order is to protect the alleged victim and ensure that the alleged perpetrator does not have any further contact with them.

A no-contact order can be issued even if the incident did not occur on campus property. For example, if two students who live off campus have an incident of alleged dating violence and one student feels unsafe returning home, the university may issue a no-contact order.

A no-contact order means that the alleged perpetrator is not allowed to have any direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim. This includes, but is not limited to, contacting them in person, through social media, text messaging, emailing, or sending letters. In some cases, a no-contact order may also prohibit the alleged perpetrator from going to certain places on campus where the alleged victim is known to frequent. Contact through a third party may also be off limits.

What If You Take the Same Class As the Person Who Filed the Order?

If you have been served with a no-contact, no-communication order and you have to take a class with the person who has filed the order against you, you should talk to your professor and the school administration and let them know about the situation. Your professor will likely be able to arrange for you to be seated somewhere else in the classroom so that there is no risk of violating the terms of the order. At Princeton, the administration and teachers will work out a solution if the petitioner has to take a class with the respondent.

What Happens If You Violate the Order?

If there's a violation of a no-contact order, it's important to know that the university can take disciplinary action. Depending on your school's policy, violating a no-contact order could result in expulsion from school. This is why it's so important to understand what your rights are and what you can do if you feel like your safety is being threatened.

Work With an Attorney

If your school has issued a no-contact order against you on behalf of another student, you need to speak with an attorney about the next steps. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Student Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm have years of experience helping students facing no-contact orders, Title IX charges, and other disciplinary actions. They know exactly what to do to help ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.

Contact attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686. Your future depends on it.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.

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