Facing University Disciplinary Proceedings?
Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University, Bridgewater College and Eastern Mennonite University and their students. If you are facing any disciplinary hearing while at college or university, you need to take these proceedings very seriously and seek a lawyer for assistance as soon as possible.
These Hearings Are Not Criminal Proceedings
This is dangerous for you. Because they are not formal criminal proceedings, some constitutional protections that would otherwise apply, do not. The lack of criminal trappings could lull you into a false sense of security. You may think because it is not a criminal adjudication, the consequence will not be serious.
This attitude could cost you your schooling and your future. Because of the lesser constitutional protection, you still are in great need of an attorney who can guide you through this complex process and protect your rights. Without an attorney, you may inadvertently make statements or be pressured into admissions that can damage your situation and lead to a suspension or expulsion from the school.
Title IX Disciplinary Actions
Title IX is a complex law that prohibits sex discrimination and governs a range of activities on university campuses, from athletic programs and employment discrimination to sexual harassment and assault. The U.S. Department of Education can influence the way in which universities conduct disciplinary hearings involving sexual misconduct and if you are charged with sexually related misconduct, you need an attorney who understands these laws and can protect your due process rights.
Students and their parents need to recognize the risk these disciplinary proceedings carry for you or your child’s future. A suspension or an expulsion is damaging enough. Having your transcript marked as being guilty of sexual misconduct or rape could foreclose virtually all educational options, as few schools will admit a student with such a charge on their record.