Defending College And Postgraduate Students

College can be an exciting time for young adults to pursue a higher level of education. During this time, their newfound freedoms can result in mistakes that have serious consequences. When the consequences of these actions put a college student’s education at risk, it is important they do everything possible to defend their futures.

At the Florida offices of Bilello & Soowal, PLLC, we provide our clients with the skilled student defense representation they need. We know what is at stake in these cases, which is why we do everything in our power to defend the best interests of our clients.

How We Can Fight For You

In the years we have been practicing student defense, we have helped our clients overcome a wide variety of legal situations. You can rely on our extensive experience to help you overcome the considerable challenges of situations such as:

  • Academic dismissal (poor grades/GPA)
  • Conduct code violations
  • Disciplinary board actions
  • Revoked degrees
  • Criminal charges, including Title IX actions
  • Academic dishonesty (plagiarism, cheating or other misconduct)
  • Unfair suspension or expulsion from school

Part of what sets us apart from other law firms is our creativity and dedication to thinking outside the box and exploring all possible methods of resolving these cases. We believe that no one should lose their access to higher education, and we want to be the law firm that helps you protect your future.

FAQ About College Student Defense

The complexities of college rules, regulations, codes of conduct and disciplinary proceedings can be confusing and overwhelming. Whether you’re a student facing disciplinary action or a parent seeking clarity, it’s essential to have the right information at your fingertips.

Below, we have compiled some frequently asked questions to help you understand the differences between academic dismissal and expulsion, the range of sanctions for student conduct code violations and the prospect of Title IX investigations.

Is there a difference between academic dismissal and expulsion?

Yes. Academic dismissal is a consequence of not meeting minimum grade requirements, having excessive absences or failing to adhere to an academic success plan. It’s not necessarily permanent, and you typically have the opportunity to appeal or request assistance to get back on track. Because academic dismissal doesn’t involve misconduct, it’s less serious than expulsion.

Expulsion refers to permanent removal from the educational institution. It’s usually reserved for severe violations, such as academic dishonesty, assault, sexual misconduct or other serious allegations.

Both dismissal and expulsion can be appealed, and it’s a good idea to have a lawyer by your side to help you through the process. Schools may also have other sanctions like probation, suspension and deferred suspension. A good education attorney such as ours can help you navigate those as well.

What are the sanctions for violating the student conduct code in college?

Colleges and universities implement a variety of sanctions for those who violate the student conduct code. It’s important to understand the specifics of your college’s policies.

Academic sanctions are different from conduct code violations. For the latter, here are some common sanctions:

  • Written reprimand
  • Loss of privileges
  • Restitution
  • Service work
  • No-contact orders
  • Probation
  • Barred from participation in extracurricular activities or sports
  • Suspension or deferred suspension
  • Expulsion

These sanctions can have significant repercussions not only for your college experience but also for your future opportunities.

What if there is a Title IX investigation?

A Title IX investigation involves disciplinary procedures and due process rights under federal law for schools that accept federal funding, including public institutions. Title IX cases typically include serious allegations of sexual misconduct, which can result in expulsion or even criminal charges. These investigations are complex and can have lasting effects on your academic and professional lives.

Given the gravity of such an investigation, having a lawyer is essential. Our education lawyers can protect your rights through the intricacies of this high-stakes process.

Start Building Your Defense Today

Time is a valuable asset in these cases. Give yourself the time you deserve to overcome your student defense case by contacting us today. The sooner you reach out to our Fort Lauderdale or Orlando offices, the sooner you can receive the representation you deserve from an attorney. Call us at 866-335-1513 or email us here to schedule your initial consultation today.