If you're a student or the parent of a student at a college or university in Nevada, and you're charged with the 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 including internships, and graduate school, and professional goals such as employment opportunities.
Regardless of when you first learn of the allegations whether it's from the Office of Student Conduct, from 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 case would be addressed and adjudicated. To do so, you must familiarize yourself with the applicable school 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, it is necessary to present the strongest possible 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 through all possible means, including relevant evidence, supporting witnesses, and anything else appropriate to the circumstances. For schools that decide responsibility at a hearing, you must prepare for the hearing which in part would include preparing an opening statement, relevant questions from parties and witnesses, a closing statement, and so forth.
You must also bear in mind that schools are 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 a position of having to appeal an adverse outcome and sanctions because you failed to take effective steps throughout the process. An experienced attorney advisor would be your best ally to help you understand and navigate the code of conduct disciplinary process at your college or university in Nevada and they should be involved from as early as possible in the case.
Nevada 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:
- College of Southern Nevada
- DeVry University Nevada
- Everest College Henderson
- Great Basin College
- International Academy of Design and Technology Henderson
- ITT Technical Institute Henderson
- ITT Technical Institute Las Vegas
- Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas
- Morrison University
- Nevada State College
- Sierra Nevada College
- The Art Institute of Las Vegas
- Truckee Meadows Community College
- University of Nevada Las Vegas
- University of Nevada Reno
- University of Phoenix Las Vegas Campus
- University of Phoenix Northern Nevada Campus
- Western Nevada College
Nevada 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 Nevada 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 Nevada 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.