If you're a student at Columbia University and you're accused of misconduct, you should not speak to the school or others without taking the necessary precautions. Too much is at stake. Columbia University will have specific policies as to how your case will be addressed and adjudicated. The policies that would apply would impart depending on the specific offense alleged. Is it a case that involves Title IX: Sexual misconduct? Is it an academic integrity or an academic misconduct issue or is it a general disciplinary issue? Understanding and successfully navigating the policy is important key to success. You also have to understand that Columbia University as with all schools, unfortunately can be in a rush to judgment and does not have an accused student's rights and interests in mind. That's why an experienced attorney advisor can help navigate the process, can help protect and accuse student's rights and interests, and can potentially help allow for the most favorable outcome.