The United States is home to some of the best higher educational institutions in the world. Hundreds of thousands of students attend school on a part-time or full-time basis. Each school has its own policies, and each school defines what constitutes prohibitive conduct and provides the consequences for the same. Prohibitive conduct includes both quasi-criminal and non-criminal behavior.
Quasi-criminal behavior can include things like:
- computer crimes
- destruction of property
- domestic abuse
- fake IDs
- internet threats
- sexual harassment
- underage drinking
- Title IX violations
Non-criminal but prohibitive behavior can include things like:
- academic misconduct
- collaborative cheating
- noise violation
- residential conduct & standards
- social media.
Simply because a school is a top-tier school does not mean that prohibitive behavior like any of the above does not occur. On the contrary, it occurs more often than we may expect. Students are on their own for the first time. They are figuring out the world. And sometimes they get into trouble doing so. Plus, at these schools, they are no doubt under a lot of pressure to perform.
Some of these top U.S. schools include:
- Amherst College
- Bowdoin College
- Brown University
- California Institute of Technology
- Claremont McKenna College
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Dartmouth College
- Duke University
- Georgetown University
- Harvey Mudd College
- Harvard University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Northwestern University
- Pomona College
- Stanford University
- Swarthmore College
- University of Chicago
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Southern California
- Yale University
The Student Disciplinary Process
From the western shores of California to the eastern shores of Maryland, students who find themselves in legal or academic trouble have the right to legal representation. The student disciplinary process is unique from school to school, but one thing that is true across the board is this: they are intimidating.
The student disciplinary process involves an investigation into the complaint, disciplinary hearings, and potential penalties and sanctions, the latter of which could involve:
- fines or other monetary penalties
- community service
- loss of on-campus housing
These are very serious consequences to a disciplinary action. Fortunately, you have the right to appeal, and with the help of an experienced college student defense attorney, you can get aggressive, comprehensive representation.
You will also require legal representation if criminal charges have been filed against you. That process, too, is intimidating and will involve an investigation, hearings, and possibly trial.
The Importance of an Attorney Focusing on College Student Defense
The school disciplinary process is a unique process, similar yet very different from the criminal justice system. If the school's decision is not in your favor, it could have dire effects on your immediate educational experience and your future professional aspirations. Having an experienced college student defense attorney who has been committed to the defense of students for years can mean the difference between a negative outcome versus a positive one. And this is of particular importance because – again – it's your future at stake.
If you are facing allegations of misconduct at your school, contact the attorney who has the insight and knowledge to help you. Joseph D. Lento aggressively defends his clients accused of violating their school's code of conduct. Contact his office today at (888) 535-3686.