The Importance of Having an Attorney-Adviser for Campus Disciplinary Matters in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is now home to approximately 260 institutions of higher education, and students are expected to follow a range of disciplinary provisions that include maintaining academic integrity, respecting the community’s rights, and adhering to certain conduct standards. In case of an investigation or disciplinary process, colleges and universities offer students the option of choosing an adviser who can support and accompany them through the proceedings. However, retaining an experienced attorney as an adviser is highly recommended.
Types of Disciplinary Violations in Pennsylvania
Colleges and universities in Pennsylvania have strict guidelines on ensuring academic honesty through preventing cheating, plagiarism, collusion (where two or more students conspire), alteration or falsification of information on applications for admission or gaining benefits. Violating the general student code of conduct is another non-academic violation that includes disorderly conduct, campus alcohol possession or consumption rules infringement, hazing acts, residential hall offenses among others.
Title IX violations are under the Federal Initiative that requires educational institutions across Pennsylvania promptly but fairly investigate complaints about discrimination resulting from discriminatory sexual harassment claims. Every college has a Title IX coordinator responsible for evaluating student complaints while adhering to federal standards.
How Can Retaining an Experienced Attorney Help during a Disciplinary Matter?
Colleges all over Pennsylvania have very competitive market environments hence nurturing impeccable reputations plays core in their operations. College administrators emphasize high standards for academic integrity & student discipline combined with excellent campus safety among other priorities. As such,motivated schools may harshly penalize by imposing disproportionate sanctions against accused students with minimal guarantees for due process since those managing the disciplinary procedures may overlook some aspects concerning due process when carrying out their duties in pursuit of justice.
Therefore, retaining competent legal representation will help protect your rights as a student since you would be entitled to receive justice within legal parameters without harm coming to your reputation due to allegations against you. Furthermore, students and their loved ones have made significant financial sacrifices hence detrimental outcomes such as being expelled or suspended could jeopardize a student’s post-secondary education. Additionally, the student transcripts carry past disciplinary action indicators that may impede entry to professional graduate programs, internship placements or other higher learning institutions. Retaining an attorney-adviser enables effective preparation in delivering concise responses to the allegations while affording you sufficient time for statement delivery.
Retain Todd Spodek for Experienced Representation
Todd Spodek is an attorney with exceptional experience who has assisted Pennsylvania college and university students well in advance of their impending misconduct allegations. He adopts aggressive approaches aimed at minimizing penalties to achieve a positive outcome on behalf of his clients during disciplinary procedures. Contact his offices today at (888) 535-3686 to book legal representation services that’ll undisputedly protect your rights!