Student conduct ATTORNEY
Columbus lawyer Brandon Shroy has a history of successful assistance in student conduct proceedings
The Office of Student Conduct at a university handles discipline in a quasi-judicial setting. It is the process by which allegations that a student has violated the Code of Student Conduct are resolved. Students are entitled to have an advisor with them through this process. Criminal Charges may also arise from the same incidents. Contact Attorney Brandon Shroy to retain comprehensive legal representation for all legal issues that may arise.
Because our office is situated in downtown Columbus, Ohio, we will use the Ohio State Student Conduct Process as our focus but the concepts are the same at all universities and we have represented students all over the State of Ohio.
Students are notified of a complaint initially by e-mail sent to a student's ".edu" e-mail address through the University (which allows the school to verify exactly when a student receives notice of the complaint). In layman's terms the "complaint" is the allegation of misconduct--whether filed by law enforcement, another student, or a University Employee such as an RA.
When the complaint is filed the Office of Student Conduct can make initial orders such as a "stay away" from a person or removal from a campus dorm or the entire Campus area in the most severe cases. Although the student is not in violation yet these orders feel like "punishments" and can be extremely disruptive to normal campus life.
It is important to understand that this is a "University Process" that may run simultaneously with a criminal investigation and possible criminal charges.
Investigation by the University
After receipt of a complaint the Office of Student Conduct will begin an investigation of the complaint. This process can last many months while interviews of possible witnesses are conducted and reports/summaries are generated.
This part of the process is crucial, as you are "on the record". Your understanding of the process and possible consequences will be tested at this stage.
All universities will require you to submit a FERPA form (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act). This form needs to be completed before a "process advisor" can participate in your investigation.
If (after investigation) the hearing officer believes a "charge" is appropriate you will be formally "accused" of violating the Student Code of Conduct. Refer to the OSU Code of conduct to understand the basis of the charges.
Admission / Hearing
If / When charges are filed you will be e-mailed a form requesting you make one of three options:
1. Accept the charges and move to "sanctions". This is similar to entering a "guilty plea".
2. Deny the charges and request an administrative hearing. This hearing is in front of one hearing officer. This hearing officer will make a finding of "responsible" or "not responsible" to all allegations.
3. Deny the charges and request a panel hearing. This panel will make a finding of "responsible" or "not responsible" to all allegations.