Higher education is a costly and timely investment. For this reason, there is so much at stake for students facing serious accusations for violating their college or university policy. A determination that could lead to sanctions that dictate the withdrawal from a program, suspension, and expulsion put a student's academic and professional goals in jeopardy. As a parent of a college student, you, more than anybody, want to see your child succeed. And In the midst of such serious allegations, you're probably wondering what will happen next and what you can do to improve your child's current circumstances.
Don't fret. Here's a list of common questions that parents in your shoes have asked before, along with in-depth answers that will help you understand how to make strides towards putting this unpleasant experience behind you.
What rights does my child/student have in the disciplinary process?
During a school's disciplinary process, there are a number of rights afforded to both complainants (the accuser) and respondents (the accused). For the sake of this article, we'll focus on the most important rights that are entitled to the accused in school processes.
The right to be treated with respect by college officials
A mere accusation, particularly one involving an immensely stigmatized charge like sexual misconduct, is oftentimes preconceived as an affirmation of guilt. Students who haven't even been given a fair shot to defend themselves in a school proceeding are hastily branded as harassers and assaulters in the wake of allegations by peers and society. But this premature assignment of condemnation onto a respondent by college officials and authorities in particular has damaging effects.
In cases involving sexual misconduct, the origins of this instantaneous and unfounded presumpti