What should I do if I am charged with a code of conduct or disciplinary violation at a college or university in Arizona? VIDEO

If you're a student or the parent of a student at a college or university in Arizona, and you're 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's from the office of student conduct or from someone else at the school, such as a professor, an athletic coach, 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 will 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 an investigation or will do so at a hearing, you must present the necessary defensive response.

Notice is often an issue at many schools, so you must clearly define the allegations. You must then support your version of events with relevant evidence, supporting witnesses, and anything else appropriate to the circumstances. At schools that decide responsibility based on 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 bear in mind that schools are often not mindful of an accused student's rights and interests, so 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 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 understand and navigate the code of conduct disciplinary process at a college or university in Arizona and they should be involved from as early as possible in the case.

Arizona colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's disciplinary violation advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:

  • American Indian College of the Assemblies of God, Inc.
  • Argosy University Phoenix
  • Argosy University Phoenix Online Division
  • Arizona Christian University
  • Arizona College of Allied Health
  • Arizona State University
  • Arizona Western College
  • Brown Mackie College Phoenix
  • Brown Mackie College Tucson
  • Central Arizona College
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing Arizona
  • Chandler/Gilbert Community College
  • Cochise College
  • Coconino Community College
  • College America Flagstaff
  • CollegeAmerica Phoenix
  • Collins College
  • DeVry University Arizona
  • Dine College
  • Eastern Arizona College
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott
  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Everest College Phoenix
  • Everest College Phoenix
  • Fortis College Phoenix
  • GateWay Community College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Golf Academy of America Chandler
  • Grand Canyon University
  • International Baptist College
  • ITT Technical Institute Phoenix
  • ITT Technical Institute Phoenix West
  • ITT Technical Institute Tempe
  • ITT Technical Institute Tucson
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale
  • Mesa Community College
  • Mohave Community College
  • National Paralegal College
  • Northcentral University Prescott
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northland Pioneer College
  • Paradise Valley Community College
  • Phoenix College
  • Pima Community College
  • Prescott College
  • Rio Salado College
  • Sanford Brown College Phoenix
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • South Mountain Community College
  • Southwest University of Visual Arts Tucson
  • The Art Institute of Phoenix
  • The Art Institute of Tucson
  • Tohono O'Odham Community College
  • University of Advancing Technology
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Phoenix Online Campus
  • University of Phoenix Phoenix Hohokam Campus
  • University of Phoenix Southern Arizona Campus
  • Western International University
  • Yavapai College

Arizona 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 Arizona andthroughout 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 Arizona and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact student defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686.

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