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 Kentucky? VIDEO

Fraternities and sororities in Kentucky 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 organizational 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 separate from that taken against individual members. To deter future violations, sanctions, in many instances, can 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 must not speak to school administrators or anyone in the organization until you can take the necessary precautions. You must prepare the necessary defense and response based upon the facts and circumstances surrounding a specific incident.

An experienced attorney advisor will be your best ally to help you understand and navigate the organization misconduct process invol