Students at local colleges and universities may face allegations of violating disciplinary guidelines such as academic dishonesty, sexual misconduct, and other breaches of the code of acceptable conduct. Most schools allow parties that are subject to the disciplinary process to choose an advisor for support and assistance. With the potential ramifications that can result, retaining a knowledgeable attorney is very important under these circumstances.
Title IX was implemented by the U.S. Department of Education in 1972 to address how academic institutions handle allegations of sexual discrimination. These provisions seek to ensure that no member of the school community will be “excluded from participation in, be denied benefits, or be subjected to discrimination.” If a school fails to comply, it may lose eligibility for federal education funds.
Title IX violations may include any of the following:
- Sexual harassment: Including unwelcome sexual advances or appeals for sexual favors that create a hostile environment.
- Sexual violence: These physical actions may victimize someone incapable of granting consent because they are a minor, are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or have a mental impairment. Some examples include rape or sexual coercion.
- Gender-based harassment: May include making slurs or promoting false stereotypes “based on a student's actual or perceived sex.” This type of harassment often targets those whose sexual identity does not conform to traditional norms.
Acts of academic misconduct related to breaches of academic integrity such as cheating and plagiarism, which are dishonest and contrary to the core values of the institution. Examples include communicating with others or using unauthorized materials during an examination. Plagiarism may involve submitting someone else's ideas or thoughts as if they were yours, without properly citing the source of the information.
Violations that are “general” often involve drugs or alcohol. Students that reside in on-campus housing also have a host of rules to adhere to. Hazing is also a general form of misconduct that is taken seriously.
How Experienced Legal Representation Can Protect Student Rights
Students at colleges and universities are devoting significant time and financial resources in pursuit of post-secondary education. Student disciplinary matters may lead to penalties that can suddenly disrupt these goals.
In many instances, students and their parents may not realize the possible long-term consequences that can result from disciplinary violations. You should seek assistance from an attorney that is familiar with this area of practice shortly after becoming aware of the allegations. This is important to ensure there is ample time to get prepared.
Post-secondary institutions today are increasingly focused on their reputation and are cognizant of the importance of maintaining academic integrity and overall campus safety. Busy school administrators may hastily proceed through the disciplinary process without affording you the protection you deserve. These individuals may impose more stringent sanctions and penalties than is appropriate
Attorney Represents Students Facing Allegations of Misconduct in New Jersey
Students and their parents should be aware of the potentially harsh consequences that can result from student disciplinary misconduct. The Lento Law Firm provides aggressive representation on behalf of the students. Contact the office today at (888) 535-3686.