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

If you're a student, or the parent of a student, at a college or university in Kentucky 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 believing 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 learned of the allegations, whether it's from the office of student conduct, a professor, an athletic coach, the campus police, respectfully declining to discuss the case before you take the necessary precautions is often critical. You must 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 an issue at many schools so you must clearly define the allegations.

You must then present your version of events and support it through all necessary means, including 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