If you're a student or the parent of a student at a college or university in Montana, 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 would describe as an educational opportunity. A code of conduct or disciplinary case can have serious potential consequences with respect to academic goals, such as 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, a professor, an athletic coach, the campus police, respectfully declining to discuss the case before you take the necessary precautions is often critical. You should 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. Regardless of whether your school will decide responsibility based solely on an investigation or will do so at a hearing, you need to present the necessary defense and response.
Notice is an issue at many schools so you need to clearly define the allegations. You then need to 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 need to 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 also need to bear in mind that schools are not mindful of an accused student's rights of interest so ensuring a fair process 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 take the necessary and effective steps throughout the process. Having an experienced attorney advisor will be your best ally to help you understand and navigate the code of conduct disciplinary process at your college or university in Montana and they should be involved from as early as possible in the case.
Montana 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:
- Blackfeet Community College
- Carroll College
- Chief Dull Knife College
- Dawson Community College
- Flathead Valley Community College
- Fort Belknap College
- Fort Peck Community College
- Little Big Horn College
- Miles Community College
- Montana State University
- Montana State University Billings
- Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology
- Montana State University Northern
- Montana Tech of the University of Montana
- Montana Tech College of Technology
- Rocky Mountain College
- Salish Kootenai College
- Stone Child College
- The University of Montana
- The University of Montana Western
- University of Great Falls
- University of Montana Helena College of Technology
Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana 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.