What should I do if I am in a fraternity or sorority and I am charged with student organization misconduct at my college or university in Connecticut? VIDEO

Fraternities and sororities in Connecticut are held to high standards under college and universities' codes of conduct. When student organization misconduct policies are violated, schools can bring charges against individual members and organization leadership, including officers. Common allegations can include violations of alcohol and drug policies. Hazing and pledge activities can also lead to serious consequences. Harassment and sexual assault under Title IX are also common charges.

Generally, student organizations and their members can be found responsible as a group for actions committed by members that violate codes of conduct. In addition, disciplinary action taken against student organizations can be different from that taken against individual members. To deter future violations, sanctions can often be severe, including suspension and expulsion. You must understand how your case will be investigated and adjudicated by familiarizing yourself with the applicable policies and process.

You should not speak to school administrators or anyone in the organization until you could take the necessary precautions. You must prepare the necessary defense and response based upon the particular facts and circumstances surrounding the event in question. An experienced attorney advisor will be your best ally to help you understand and navigate the organization misconduct proces