After being accused or convicted of a criminal offense in New York, the repercussions can extend far into your private life and your education. With laws like Title IX, university and college students must prepare themselves for college disciplinary proceedings if they want to continue their education and pursue the career of their dreams.
At Varghese & Associates, P.C., we understand what is at stake and take every measure to protect our clients during disciplinary proceedings in front of university administration. Although each university’s proceedings may vary, we know how to advocate for our clients and to protect them from harsh disciplinary actions that can ruin their future.
Understanding The Disciplinary Process Is Step One
Laws like Title IX can make the disciplinary process confusing for a student. You are not going to be faced with a second criminal trial conducted by your university or college after you are accused of a serious crime. Instead, a panel of high-ranking faculty members concerned with the safety of their students and school will oversee a disciplinary hearing of their own construction. Any judgments they reach will also be subject to their discretion. Despite the entire procedure not technically being a criminal process, it can feel like one as everything unfolds.
Much like a criminal case, you should be given the opportunity during your hearing to:
- Make your case
- Present evidence on your behalf
- Cross-examine any witnesses
- Use an attorney for representation
Penalties Used To Punish College Students
College disciplinary hearings are primarily concerned with any alleged criminal offenses that took place on campus, such as theft, sexual assault or underage drinking. To this extent, the presiding faculty members can potentially be less lenient to the accused than an actual criminal court judge, for they feel they are protecting those close to them and perhaps their own jobs.
Potential consequences of a university disciplinary hearing:
- Temporary suspension
- Permanent expulsion
- Removal from certain classes
- Restitution paid to alleged victims
It is important to remember that the consequences of an unsuccessful college disciplinary hearing will not affect you for just one semester. Your entire future can take a turn for the worse, especially if you are prevented from completing your degree.
Your Education Should Never Be Jeopardized
A college disciplinary proceeding must be taken seriously if you want to continue your college or university education without interruption or stress. Penalties could strip you of your right to your education. Fighting back with a criminal defense lawyer is a must.
We Never Stop Fighting For Justice
Our Manhattan criminal defense attorneys are passionate about protecting the rights of accused college and university students all across New York City and New York. Without us to intervene and represent them, they would be at the mercy of a college disciplinary proceeding that is unchecked by any legal court or law. There have been cases where students who were cleared of any crimes in criminal court were still penalized by their colleges. Do not let this injustice happen to you. We regularly represent young people in juvenile cases, sex crime cases, and other matters involving the criminal justice system and noncriminal proceedings.