If you're a student or the parent of a student at a college or university in Alaska, and you or your child is charged with a code of conduct or disciplinary violation, you should not take the matter lightly. Do not make the mistake of leaving what some schools will describe as an educational opportunity. A code of conduct or disciplinary case can have serious potential consequences with respect to academic goals, including internships and graduate school, and professional goals, including employment opportunities.
Regardless of how you first learn of the allegations, whether it is from the Office of Student Conduct, from a professor, an athletic coach, or someone else at the school, the campus police, respectfully declining to discuss the allegations before you take the necessary precautions is often critical. You must also understand how your school will investigate and adjudicate the case. To do so, you must familiarize yourself with the applicable policies and procedures. All schools will conduct an investigation, and regardless of whether your school will decide responsibility based solely on the investigation, or will do so at a hearing, you must present the necessary defense and response. Notice is often an issue at schools, so you must clearly define the allegations.
You must then present your version of events and support it through all necessary means, including presenting relevant evidence, supporting witnesses, and anything else appropriate to the circumstances. At schools that decide responsibility at a hearing, you must prepare for the hearing, which would, in part, include preparing an opening statement, relevant questions for parties and witnesses, a closing statement, and so forth.
You must also be mindful that schools are often not cognizant of an accused students rights and interest. Ensuring a fair process throughout the case is critical to achieving a favorable outcome. You do not want to find yourself in the position of having to an appeal an adverse outcome and sanctions because you failed to effectively take the necessary steps from the start. Having an experienced attorney advisor will be your best ally to help you navigate and understand the code of conduct disciplinary process at a college or university in Alaska, and they should be involved from as early as possible in the case.
Alaska colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's code of conduct disciplinary violation advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:
- Alaska Bible College
- Alaska Pacific University
- Charter College Anchorage
- Ilisagvik College
- Prince William Sound Community College
- University of Alaska Anchorage
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
- University of Alaska Southeast
- Wayland Baptist University
Alaska Student Code of Conduct Disciplinary Advisor
Mounting the strongest possible defense to college and university code of conduct and disciplinary violations is critical because the stakes are high for an accused student, and the necessary steps must taken as early as possible and throughout the code of conduct disciplinary process. A finding of responsibility and any sanctions can have incredibly serious consequences for an accused student's academic and professional goals, and Joseph D. Lento has unparalleled experience passionately fighting for the future of his clients at schools in Alaska and throughout the nation. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a code of conduct disciplinary advisor to students facing disciplinary cases in Alaska and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Student Defense Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686.