College Code of Conduct Violations

Connecticut Lawyer Felice Duffy

College Code of Conduct Violations Defense Attorney

Providing nationwide defense of college students who have been accused of violations of their code of conduct

Virtually every college and university in the U.S. has a code of conduct that applies to its student body. While not having the force of law, this code of conduct subjects students to various sanctions if they violate its terms. Generally speaking, if you are accused of violating the code of conduct, you will receive a notice of a disciplinary violation and may be called before a hearing committee. Unfortunately, the rights afforded to you in the disciplinary process are often weak and arbitrary. Schools are free to run their campus judicial systems using standards of due process, evidence, and confidentiality far below even the minimum standards that apply in either federal or state judicial venues.

You have likely invested years of hard work and tens of thousands of dollars into your education and being found responsible for violating your college or university’s code of conduct can result in serious repercussions that can affect your personal and professional life for years because the violations can become part of your permanent academic record. Too often, college students do not recognize the severity of a code of conduct violation and you may think you can handle the allegations yourself. You may also feel embarrassment or shame and do not want your friends and family to find out and, therefore, decide not to consult with an attorney.

As a college student, you may not be aware that anything you say or do can be used in the school’s investigation and also may be used against you in future criminal proceedings. An experienced student defense attorney can advise you confidentially from the beginning and help you navigate your institution’s specific policies, practices, rules and regulations to make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit of whatever rights your school does afford you, and to minimize the impact of any allegations and findings. Being extremely well prepared before you answer any charge in writing or verbally or appear at any hearing is the key to your successful defense.

Common code of conduct allegations

Student conduct code violations often involve issues such as:

  • Alcohol possession and distribution
  • Drug offenses
  • Hazing
  • Hate crimes
  • Fake ID
  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating or improper collaboration
  • Residential Conduct
  • Falsification or fabrication
  • Safety or fire violations
  • Anti-noise violations
  • Harassment
  • Trespass
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Relationship and domestic violence
  • Stalking or cyber stalking
  • Texting, sexting, or social media misuse
  • Assault and battery
  • Threats in-person or online
  • Computer crimes
  • Academic Dishonesty
  • Theft
  • Property damage
  • Weapons charges
  • Charges against organizations
  • Violations of local, state, or federal law

While some of these violations are clearly less serious than others, if you are accused of any conduct code violations, it is important to discuss your options with an experienced attorney as early as possible.

Attorney Felice Duffy is the former head coach of the Yale women’s soccer team and worked as a prosecutor for the United States government for 10 years. As a result, she understands the issues facing college students and is qualified to defend against any type of student code of conduct violation. Call Duffy Law, LLC today at 203-946-2000 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

What are the possible sanctions your college or university may impose?

If your college or university’s hearing board determines that you did, in fact, violate your school’s student code of conduct, there are a number of sanctions that it could potentially impose. These include formal reprimand, expulsion from student housing, loss of financial aid, suspension, or expulsion.

Importantly, the consequences of a student code of conduct violation are not limited to those imposed by an educational institution. In many cases, there also may be a criminal case that arises from the same incident, meaning that the state may also impose its own criminal sanctions against you. A criminal conviction can adversely affect your freedom, finances, and future.

Helping victims of code violations on college campuses

In addition to individuals facing accusations, the victims of any offenses that took place on college campuses are also afforded certain rights to ensure their safety and well-being during and after the hearing process. As a former federal prosecutor, attorney Felice Duffy understands the importance of victim representation.

Contact a college code of conduct violations lawyer today to retain legal representation

With so much at stake, it is critical for students who are accused of conduct code violations to do everything possible to resolve their case as favorably as possible. The representation of an attorney will ensure that you are treated fairly by the hearing board and that any parallel criminal prosecution that may exist is also resolved. It is important for you to remember that, although academic disciplinary proceedings do not occur in a court, you still have significant rights that may not be upheld without the assistance of legal counsel. For this reason, if you are accused of a code of conduct violation, you should retain legal counsel immediately. Call Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000 today to schedule a free consultation.


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