Students Rights Lawyer in Ohio
Akron Attorney Defends College Students in Disciplinary Hearings
When a college student is accused of an offense, they may have to attend
a disciplinary hearing. If the student is found guilty during the hearing,
he or she may be suspended or expelled. This will negatively affect the
student's abilities to attend another college or even obtain a job.
To avoid these negative implications, it is imperative to obtain assistance
from an experienced Akron defense attorney.
Call my firm, Christopher G. Thomarios, Esq. LLC, for one-on-one legal counsel.
How Can My Akron Defense Firm Help You?
While universities usually seek to limit the role of the student's
attorney, I can help you with a number of different actions. First, I
will review your record and help you prepare defenses. This may include
witnesses, various documents, and other types of evidence. During the
hearing, I am usually able to accompany you so that I can make sure that
the hearing officers don't take advantage of you. I can also advise
you on when to refrain from making statements that may incriminate you.
In the event that your hearing does not go as planned, I can also help
you appeal to the school's dean or another higher official.
Penalties for Student Misconduct
If you are found responsible for a certain violation of school policy or
a criminal offense, then there are a number of punishments you are in
danger of receiving. The most serious penalty is expulsion, which is permanent
removal. You may also be suspended, which is removal for an allotted time
period. The school may also put you on probation and require that you
provide restitution. In addition, you may receive a warning, reprimand,
or admonition, which would go on your record and may require that you
complete some sort of counseling or rehabilitative course. These may be
considered in any future disciplinary hearings.
Types of Misconduct
Disciplinary hearings may occur for a number of different violations, ranging
from non-criminal offenses to criminal allegations. Here are the most
common types of offenses:
Cheating: if a student is suspected to have plagiarized or copied another student's
work, then that student may be accused of violating academic integrity
and professional conduct. If you were accused of cheating in college,
then you will want to get a lawyer to help you prove your innocence as
expulsion is a possibility.
Hazing: when students are initiated into a group, they are often coerced into certain
activities by older members of the group. In Ohio, certain types of hazing
are illegal if they create substantial risks. If you have been caught
hazing another student, then you could be held responsible for any damages
that were caused and punished by the school.
Sexual Assault: while attending parties and other various social activities, students are
often accused of inappropriate sexual behavior ranging from unwanted touching
to rape. This type of offense often has repercussions from both the school
and the government.
Other types of student misconduct include bullying, theft, alcohol abuse,
and drug abuse.
Lawyer for Ohio College Students
Don't risk your future by attempting to handle your student disciplinary
hearing alone. If you or your student has been accused of student misconduct,
then please do not hesitate to contact my firm. As an Akron student's
rights lawyer, I am well-equipped to handle your case, whether it is for
a disciplinary hearing or a criminal offense.
I assist clients from all over the country, including the following universities:
- University of Akron
- Kent State University
- Cleveland State University
- Cuyahoga Community College
- Oberlin College
- Case Western Reserve University
- Notre Dame College
- Baldwin Wallace University
- Cleveland Institute of Art
- Cleveland Institute of Music
- Walsh University
- John Carroll University
- Ashland University
If you are a student of a university, college, or trade school in Akron,
Cleveland, the surrounding areas, or the rest of the United States, contact
me immediately. I offer a
free initial consultation to every client who wants to know more about what I can do for them.