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College Organization Defense Attorneys

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Case Results

Here are some representative results we’ve achieved for our clients.

Female complainant’s rights, health, and safety protected throughout lengthy proceedings

Our client was sexually assaulted by a male student acquaintance. We became involved to support our client in getting proper medical treatment, preserving and collecting evidence and witness testimony, and securing therapeutic support. We helped her understand and navigate the many complex options available to her, including a criminal complaint, an informal complaint process, a formal complaint process, or doing nothing. We guided her through the informal process and then the formal process, including interviews with various school and law enforcement officials, and worked closely with the school to put in place appropriate accommodations ensuring that all interviews and hearings did not retraumatize her. The male student was found responsible and was expelled.

Large private university

Witness to sexual violence protected from intimidation

We represented a female witness to a dating violence case on campus who was being pressured to speak with the police and the school investigators about a violent matter she had witnessed on her dorm floor. We immediately communicated on her behalf to the local police, school administrators, and the Title IX investigators to protect her right to choose to not testify and ensure her safety on campus. She was very relieved not to be pressured by the school, the title IX office or the police to attend the hearing and testify about fellow students.

Small private college

Investigation of sexual assault complaint concludes with no charges filed

Our client contacted us immediately upon receiving notice by his school that a claim of sexual assault was made against him by a female student. We assisted him in preparing his detailed answer to the complaint, and then prepared him and accompanied him to his interview with the campus safety police officers. We worked with the school Title IX administrators and helped our client find evidence to show inconsistencies with the complaint. The complainant withdrew her complaint when presented with these inconsistencies and then recanted. The investigation ended and our client was not charged with anything.

Midsized private college

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Client Testimonials

I was introduced to Attorney Duffy by my criminal defense attorney because I was fighting both a criminal charge and a conduct code violations charge. Felice's office responded right away and she and I met by Zoom video. She and her team were respectful, professional and super knowledgeable. They made everything clear and easily understandable. They knew exactly what questions to ask the school officials to get them to focus on the facts that supported my case. I was incredibly well prepared. I knew what I was going to say before I went in to my interviews and how to react to the many questions that would have tripped me up. I got probation, which was definitely the best possible outcome and I couldn’t have gotten that without Attorney Duffy’s help.

College Junior

“When your kid is accused of a serious conduct code violation at his college, you quickly learn that there’s a whole different set of rules in place than in the real world. There are no legal standards, no assurances of a “fair trial.” You're presumed guilty and you have to backtrack and prove why you’re NOT guilty. We pretty quickly realized that we needed strong legal representation and guidance. Our son was completely falsely accused and we were ready to dig in to clear his name.

Felice's truly unique background and deep experience with navigating the school’s process was amazing. She made it clear that our son was the client, not us (his parents). She worked with him extensively and earned his total trust. He felt empowered that he had the right person in his corner to defend him. Felice gave our whole family a sense a calm and confidence.

Thanks to incredibly hard work by Felice and her team, our son was found “not responsible” (meaning innocent of any wrongdoing). The outcome was everything we could have hoped for.

I have already recommended Felice to a friend who’s son was caught up in a serious, very complicated conduct code charge, and I will continue to recommend her to any student or parent without reservation.”

Parent of a private college senior

“I selected the firm after doing extensive research trying to locate an attorney that specializes in sexual assault cases on university campuses. Late one night I emailed her for a consult just to see what she had to say. By 6:30am the next morning she had already emailed me back leaving her information for me to call her. I was impressed by her promptness and early morning response. Our criminal attorney informed our family that this simply wasn’t his specialty and strongly recommended we hire someone who really understood how university disciplinary systems work.

In our culture, we are not often trusting and it took a huge step of faith to consider someone we didn’t know (much less one from out of state) to defend our son.

Based on her collegiate athletic background I felt that she would have a better understanding of our case as our son is a D1 athlete. Based on that and her professional accomplishments I felt like she was driven and determined and she clearly had the ability to understand the laws associated with Title IX.

Bottom line is that our son was found 100% not responsible (meaning not guilty) of the extremely serious charges that were brought against him by a female student.

Felice Duffy and her team were professional, focused, responsive and did a great job throughout the entire stressful ordeal. When we think about how badly and unfairly our son might have been treated by the school, we truly count our blessings that we found Ms. Duffy.”

Parent of a College Sophomore, Ohio

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Schools Where We've Handled Cases

Here are just some of the schools where we’ve represented students, faculty, coaches, and staff:

  • Amherst College
  • Arkansas State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Fairfield University
  • Flagler College
  • Florida State University
  • Guilford College
  • Howard University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Lesley University
  • Marist College
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University
  • Mississippi University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Plymouth State University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • South Carolina State University
  • St. John's University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Syracuse University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tallahassee Comm. College
  • Touro University
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Mass. Med. School
  • University of Miami
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Texas
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Utah University School of Medicine
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Wesleyan University
  • Westfield State University
  • Western Washington University
  • Wheaton College
  • Yale University

Defending collegiate organizations across the country accused of violating college rules

Colleges have in place strict codes of conduct in regard to different organizations affiliated with the campus. These organizations may include fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, or even marching bands, and the success and continued existence of the organization is often at risk if members are accused of violating college rules. Colleges and universities can set out strict penalties if your organization is suspected of violating the code of conduct. It is important to know that the accused members have significant legal rights. If an organization hosts an event and the individual responsible for the misconduct is not discovered, the officers of the organization can be held responsible. If you are a member of an organization facing allegations from your college or university, you should not delay in discussing your situation with an experienced college violations defense attorney.

Our highly experienced Conduct Code attorneys at Duffy Law protect the rights of students facing serious allegations and always strives for the most favorable result possible for your organization. Call Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000 at no cost for assistance today.

Common allegations against collegiate organizations

Organizations can be accused of violating many different rules, though some of the more common include:

  • Hazing
  • Harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Underage alcohol consumption
  • Violating school alcohol regulations
  • Destruction of property

If your organization, or any of its individual members, are accused of any of the above violations or others, you should consult with a defense lawyer before it is too late. Though it may seem like the school’s administration is on your side, often administrators seek to discipline organizational misconduct to the full extent allowable to deter future violations by other organizations and to protect the reputation of their institution.

Violations can have serious penalties

Though every school sets out different penalties for violations of the code of conduct, some common penalties for organizations are as follows:

  • Formal reprimand in your permanent student records
  • Probation, suspension, or expulsion of certain members
  • Loss of housing facilities
  • Loss of funding for the organization
  • Disbanding the organization as a whole
  • Criminal charges against members

As you can see, the consequences can be extremely serious. Furthermore, even though only a few members may have participated in the violation, officers of the organization or the organization as a whole may be held accountable and may face severe penalties for the behavior of a few.

Fortunately, you cannot simply be punished for serious violations whenever the college or university chooses. Instead, you have certain legal rights and the representation by an experienced defense attorney can protect members and the organization’s rights, significantly reduce the punishment you face, and may even result in the accusations being dismissed altogether.

Contact a college code of conduct organization defense lawyer as soon as possible

The collegiate judicial system can be very confusing and you may believe you have no other option but to accept the allegations and penalties from the administration. You may not take the allegations seriously, think you can handle it yourself, or be embarrassed and may not want your friends and family to find out. The earlier you get legal advice, the more options you will have to determine the outcome.  The highly knowledgeable code of conduct lawyers at Duffy Law will confidentially evaluate your situation, advise you of your legal rights and options, and defend against the allegations to your school administration.  Call Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000 today for serious representation.

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