Like the rest of the world, colleges and universities in the United States are dealing with the repercussions of COVID-19. Many institutions have issued strict punishments for students who violate these mandatory guidelines.
In September 2020, Brigham Young University disciplined 15 students after discovering that the students had neglected to follow the university's COVID-19 safety regulations. The cases of COVID-19 have gradually begun to rise in the area after multiple large parties, with no social distancing or mandatory mask requirements, were reported in Orem and Provo this fall. BYU's disciplinary measures included restricting the students from on-campus activities, like classes and work-study, and, in some cases, full suspensions.
How a COVID-19 Safety Regulation Violation Could Affect Your Child's Future
If a student is accused of violating their institution's COVID-19 safety requirements, they may be subject to similar disciplinary actions as those administered at BYU. Being restricted from on-campus activities can have severe negative impacts on the student's ability to perform well in their classes or provide for their financial needs. And if the university fully suspends the student for violating the safety requirements, this would adversely influence the student's future.
Suspensions tend to remain on the student's permanent record, affecting their ability to get into graduate programs or post-graduate government positions. Further, a wrongfully accused student will have their reputation hurt for no reason, which could lead to depression or a loss of interest in college life altogether.
As we can see, unfair punishments have a long-lasting, adverse effect on many aspects of the student's life. Having an attorney-advisor on their side can not only provide peace of mind but will also work diligently to protect their future.
How an Attorney-Advisor Can Help
Unfortunately, because COVID-19 is such a serious virus, many schools panic when they hear about alleged violations; they jump the gun and assume the rumors are true and punish the student before giving them a chance to explain themselves. An attorney-advisor will advocate for your child from the very beginning and help mitigate any long-lasting effects that these accusations could cause.
Joseph D. Lento is an attorney with unparalleled experience acting as an attorney-advisor for students across the country who've been accused of violating their school's guidelines. He works tirelessly to ensure the institution handles these claims correctly. And, if your child has violated these regulations, an attorney-advisor like Attorney Lento can help ease the harshness of the punishments the university is likely to give out. Violating a university's COVID-19 safety requirements can affect your child's future in more ways than just academically. Don't wait and see what happens. Contact the Lento Law Firm at 888-555-3686 to schedule a consultation today. He can help.