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Unfortunately, we don't always make the best decisions during our time in college. Sometimes those decisions can have serious, devastating consequences that can ruin educations and follow you around for the remainder of your life. Those poor decisions include college and university misconduct. This has become an increasingly common issue in campuses throughout the nation.
Allegations of misconduct that are related to student activities, whether they took place on or off campus, are taken very seriously by colleges and universities across the United States. Title IX of the Federal Code requires that the school investigates the incident, however each school will handle these types of situations differently.
No matter what type of misconduct was committed, it's important that you seek legal representation right away. While some schools offer protection and due process to students who are being accused, not all do. Having an attorney by your side will help you in more ways than one. An experienced attorney will be able to guide you through the legal process and ideally prevent the situation from becoming worse, as that could jeopardize your chances of remaining a student at your school.
If you or anyone you know is facing college and university misconduct charges, you should speak with a lawyer before taking any kind of action on your own.
Types of College & University Misconduct
There are a variety of acts that can fall under the category of college and university misconduct. These acts can include, but are not limited to: sexual assault, sexual misconduct, date rape, alcohol-related offenses, cheating, as well as assault and battery.
No matter how simple or how serious the accusations may be, we have the skills and experience to confidently represent you. We've handled these types of cases for many clients in the past and can do the same for you.
How We Handle It
Typically, the college or university you attend will conduct an investigation into the misconduct accusations. If you choose to retain our law offices to handle this type of charge, we will also conduct our own investigation into the case. It's imperative that we find witnesses to testify on your behalf and we also need to gather the facts of the case and any other relevant evidence. All of this will help us prepare a strong defense in the event of taking the case to trial.
We make it a priority to keep our clients informed every step of the way when working on a case, so you'll always be up-to-date and know what progress is being made. We'll also be there to represent you at any disciplinary hearings at your college or university. You will be prepared for these hearings and any court trials beforehand.
It's crucial that you get an attorney who handles college and university misconduct involved in your case right away. Having an attorney there to help you make the important decisions and guide you along the way will make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Plus, the sooner you get an attorney involved, the sooner an investigation can begin.
We have been able to get positive outcomes for many of our clients who were facing various misconduct charges involving colleges and universities. In many cases, we have been able to get the charges reduced or even dropped completely.
It's always our goal to limit the impact these accusations could have on your life and prevent you from getting suspended or expelled and also help you avoid the loss of any scholarships. We also want to prevent you from getting charges on your public record, which can cause you to lose your basic civil rights, make it harder for you to get a job, and prevent you from securing housing.
If you need legal representation for a misconduct accusation, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to review your case. We handle cases for students at Johnson and Wales University, University of Rhode Island, Providence College, Salve Regina, and more!