Sometimes in college settings, when a student is accused of cheating, the student is asked to meet with an official of the school in Westchester County. For example, the Dean of the School or someone in the personnel department. Each school is different in terms of meets with the accused student and what their procedures are used. However, typically the student is not permitted to bring in a legal representative or even a family member. The goal of the meeting, from the school’s perspective, is to get the students take of what happened. They want to listen to what the student has to say and they want to make a credibility decision as to whether they believe the student. Of course once the student goes in and gives a statement, those statements are already on record and nothing can be done to retract those. It is really important before the student goes and meets with the school official that you obtain legal advice from an attorney in White Plains, New York.
Our legal advice is going to pertain to how the student should present himself or herself at that meeting. We will also cover what the student should say at that meeting. We will also help the student form persuasive arguments in defense of the charges and if necessary how to provide any evidence that the student may have. It is very important to get all of that information compiled in a constructive and organized way. We will help the student present everything in a manner which is effective.
This informational blog post was provided by Kim Berg, an experienced White Plains Student Discipline Lawyer.