College Disciplinary Hearings
A student who has been accused of a criminal offense in Queens can potentially face disciplinary action by their college or university. If you have been accused of a criminal act and face a disciplinary action by your school, it is important to hire a criminal defense lawyer to help you avoid the most severe repercussions and consequences, including potential expulsion from school.
When a student is accused of a criminal offense or violating the school’s code of conduct, college or university officials in New York can initiate a student disciplinary hearing. The outcome of the disciplinary hearing is just as important as the outcome of the criminal case, as both can result in serious penalties. Therefore, it is essential to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Queens who will represent you at both your college disciplinary hearing and any subsequent criminal case.
Queens College Disciplinary Hearing Lawyer
Contact the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner if you have been accused of a criminal act and are facing disciplinary action by your college or university in any area of New York City, including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, or the Bronx. Rochelle S. Berliner is an experienced New York defense attorney, and will make every effort to help you achieve the most desirable outcome at your college disciplinary hearing.
Call the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner at 718-261-5600 for a consultation today about your student disciplinary hearing.
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Some of the most common student offenses that result in a college disciplinary hearing are:
- Student Code Violations;
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol;
- Driving While Intoxicated;
- Marijuana Possession;
- Sexual Misconduct;
- Rape; and/or
- Disorderly Conduct.
Most college disciplinary hearings do not give one particular form of punishment to alleged student offenders. Depending on the college or university, the institution will decide on the form of punishment based on what is provided in the school’s code of conduct. Colleges and Universities throughout New York City include, but are not limited to:
- New York University;
- The City University of New York;
- The King’s College;
- St. John’s University;
- Berkeley College;
- Columbia University;
- Pace University;
- Fordham University;
- Juilliard School;
- Fashion Institute of Technology;
- Yeshiva University; and
- Queens College.
The way in which a student disciplinary hearing is conducted generally depends on the particular school. However, most schools will follow a similar process.
Initially, the charge or accusation will be presented to the alleged student offender and will also be presented in writing to the school by the group, person or department making the allegation. A primary investigation will be conducted to determine whether there is any basis for the allegations and all relevant evidence will be examined and witnesses will be interviewed. After the preliminary investigation, school officials will typically determine whether they should:
- Dismiss the charges, or
- Refer the charges to a formal disciplinary hearing.
Additionally, some schools will attempt to pursue a mutually agreeable punishment at a conference before holding a disciplinary hearing. If no punishment is agreed to at the conference, or if the charges are initially referred to a formal hearing, the student must receive notice of the hearing.
At the hearing, the student will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty. If the student pleads guilty, the school will present its case and the student will have an opportunity to present a defense at the close of the school’s presentation. If the student pleads guilty, the student will have an opportunity to explain his/her actions. Motions and admissibility of evidence will also be ruled on, as in a typical court proceeding. The school’s burden of proof is by a preponderance of the evidence, which means that it is “more likely than not” that the offense occurred. This is a much lower standard than the burden in a criminal case, which is proof “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
If the student is found guilty after the conclusion of the hearing, the school can impose a number of punishments, such as:
- Expulsion for an indefinite period;
- Permanent ejection from school;
- Disciplinary probation;
- Written reprimand; and/or
- Restitution for property damage.
In most cases, the student is permitted to appeal the school’s decision.
The student is entitled to all of the following at his/her disciplinary hearing in New York:
- An opportunity to cross examine any witnesses against the student;
- An opportunity to present the student’s side of the story;
- An opportunity to present witnesses and/or evidence;
- The opportunity to be represented by an attorney or adviser; and/or
- The right to remain silent.
The student has the right to be represented by a lawyer or a non-attorney advisor. The student is also permitted to testify at the hearing and call witnesses to appear on his/her behalf. In cases where criminal charges are also pending, it may not be in the student’s best interest to testify about the facts which led to the allegations because this may later be used as evidence against him/her in court.
Even if the student chooses not to testify and decides to remain silent, he/she can still present character evidence during the hearing, in addition to any witnesses or other evidence that may support the case. The student also has the right to cross-examine witnesses and examine any evidence presented at the hearing.
New York University Student Disciplinary Policies – This link is to New York University’s policies on student actions that can result in a disciplinary proceeding. NYU is located at:NYU
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-1212
The City University of New York Student Disciplinary Policies – This link is to The City University of New York’s policies on student actions that can result in a disciplinary proceeding. CUNY is located at:CUNY
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 817-7000
The King’s College Student Disciplinary Policies – This link is to the King’s College’s policies on student actions that can result in a disciplinary proceeding. The King’s College is located at:The King’s College
350 5th Ave. #1500
New York, NY 10118
Phone: (212) 947-7272
St. John’s University Student Disciplinary Policies – This link is to St. John’s University’s policies on student actions that can result in a disciplinary proceeding. St. John’s University is located at:St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Phone: (718) 990-2000
Columbia University Student Disciplinary Policies – This link is to Columbia University’s policies on student actions that can result in a disciplinary proceeding. Columbia University is located at:Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-1754
Pace University Student Disciplinary Policies – This link is to Pace University’s policies on student actions that can result in a disciplinary proceeding. Pace University is located at:Pace University
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 346-1200
Fordham University Student Disciplinary Policies – This link is to Fordham University’s policies on student actions that can result in a disciplinary proceeding. Fordham University is located at:Rose Hill Campus
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: (718) 817-1000
Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner | Queens Student Disciplinary Hearing Attorney
If you are facing disciplinary action by your school, college or university in New York City, including Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan, contact the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner. Rochelle S. Berliner is a knowledgeable Queens criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to fighting the allegations against you and representing you at your disciplinary hearing.
Call the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner at 718-261-5600 or submit an online form today for a consultation today about your student disciplinary hearing.
Rochelle Berliner grew up in Queens, NY. She started New York Law School in January 1989 and graduated in June 1991. Immediately after law school, she started working at the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where she stayed for approximately 14 years...
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