Typically in the college setting, you are going to find that there are procedures in place which provide a student with the right of some sort of due process, which could involve, for example, submitting some type of opposition to an allegation of misconduct and or going to a hearing where witnesses can testify. Often times these are conducted by groups of staff, teachers and maybe even fellow students, and typically these groups or boards are put together to hear the evidence and then make a decision on what the penalty might be.
Certainly there are no rules of evidence which apply in these kind of settings but there are persuasive arguments that can always be made in defense of any charges which often times the student or the family is unable to make without the assistance of counsel. One of the things that can aide these problematic situations and hopefully come to a positive resolution is that ability to make a persuasive argument and an argument that’s going to fall on hopefully sympathetic ears, in a manner which the students history in the school is not going to be marred and the student can continue as an academic student in the facility and hopefully achieve graduation.
This informational blog post was provided by Kim Berg, an experienced New York Student Discipline Attorney.