The attorneys at St. John, Bowling & Lawrence regularly represent individuals in college and university disciplinary proceedings, including Title IX investigations and disciplinary actions. Increasingly, college and university disciplinary proceedings have serious and lasting consequences on persons charged with wrongdoing or misconduct in the academic setting.
The constitutional right of Due Process gives the accused the right to be advised and represented by a lawyer at a public university. Private schools have their own procedures that govern the student’s involvement in his/her own case, but often also provide a right based in contract to be represented by an attorney.
The federal government’s increased enforcement of Title IX has resulted in more proceedings being brought against students. It is important to find an attorney well-versed in this specialized area of law in order to best defend a disciplinary case brought by a college or university.
Due to changes in the law, certain claims must be reported to the police. To ensure the client’s complete protection, it is often important that the attorney understands not only the intricacies of the disciplinary process but also criminal law.
The law firm of St. John, Bowling & Lawrence includes experienced campus misconduct attorneys capable of providing strong, effective defense and representation in proceedings at the University of Virginia or other institutions of higher education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
University proceedings and hearings are unique and are governed by a set of rules that are different from the rules that apply in civil and criminal proceedings.
It is essential for any attorney handling a campus discipline case to thoroughly understand the university’s complex procedures, and also how those procedures and outcomes intersect with or affect subsequent civil or criminal proceedings involving the same incident. Our attorneys understand this. We are also well-equipped to handle related criminal cases and civil cases brought by our clients against the school.
The attorneys at St. John, Bowling & Lawrence represent students confronting campus disciplinary proceedings for a wide range of alleged offenses, including:
- Cheating and plagiarism
- Honor Code violations
- Computer or online offenses
- Off-campus conduct
- Sexual assault
- Free Speech Zone
If you are facing disciplinary action it is important to get legal advice early in the process. For professional advice and effective representation in a campus disciplinary proceeding call on the law firm of St. John, Bowling & Lawrence for assistance.