You Want the Best for Your Student
The second you drive away from campus after dropping your student off, you are likely overcome with worry. Your student may not have been out on their own for an extended time before. You may be left wondering what kinds of decisions they will make, or what situations they may end up involved in. You may be sure your student has been raised well and knows not to involve themselves in anything that could jeopardize their future. Like any parent, you want your child to have freedom, but you would also love to be there every step of the way to minimize and mitigate any road blocks or speed bumps on your child's journey to success.
Unfortunately, in reality, you can't be there for everything.
Sometimes your student is involved in a misunderstanding, sometimes your student is just in the wrong place at the wrong time, or sometimes your student may have just made an honest mistake. When their college or university finds out, your student's future success may not be as secure as you would hope. You only want the best for your child, and you don't want anything bad to happen to them.
Disciplinary procedure at the collegiate level can not only be unduly harsh, but it will also happen in the blink of an eye. Many colleges and universities begin to take disciplinary action just mere days after the events transpire. That is barely enough time for your student to notify you, let alone prepare themselves for a disciplinary hearing. Your student may have to face a strict disciplinary board by themselves, and the decision may not end up in their favor. It may feel as though there is nothing you can do for your student in the face of such circumstances. Worse still, your student may feel as though disciplinary action is "no big deal" or something they will be able to "talk themselves out of." Your student may not realize how their future could be affected by their school's disciplinary sanctions until it is too late.
An Attorney Can Help
College and university disciplinary hearings can instill uncertainty and fear in your student. Most students haven't had to appear before a court or a disciplinary panel, and this environment will be unfriendly and intimidating. An attorney in their corner will help them feel confident and composed in front of the board. Students that receive counsel from attorneys will better understand the consequences they may face, and will have a better understanding of what is at stake. An attorney involved early on in the process can strongly influence the outcome of a hearing.
If your student is facing disciplinary action from their college or university, time is of the essence! Don't hesitate to get the help that your student will want when they face a disciplinary hearing. Contact attorney Joseph D. Lento today.
The following links provide information to help address Title IX concerns of parents with students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional school level:
In addition, the following links provide information regarding other common disciplinary concerns at colleges and universities: