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Arrested in college? The court may not be the only one handing down penalties.

College students who are charged with crimes may face a code of conduct hearing at their school after their criminal case is over. The code of conduct hearing could result in interim suspension or expulsion.

To keep a one-time mistake from having ongoing repercussions in your life, it's important for college students charged with crimes to seek legal advice from an attorney who handles code of conduct hearings. You may face a code of conduct hearing even if you are acquitted of the criminal charges.

Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers is just one example of college with a long list of prohibited activities that could result in a code of conduct hearing. Here are just a few examples:

  • Dating violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual misconduct, abuse or harassment
  • Theft
  • Property damage
  • Hazing
  • Use or sale or controlled substances
  • Public intoxication
  • Unlawful possession of alcohol
  • Driving under the influence
  • Any other violation of any federal, state or local law

University sanctions may include interim suspension, which means you cannot be on University property or attend classes (including online classes). You could also be expelled.

If you are subject to the student conduct review process, you will receive written notice at least five class days before your hearing. You may have one person of your choice accompany you throughout the review process. The attorneys of Ringsmuth, Day & O'Halloran, PLLC in Fort Myers represent students at code of conduct violation hearings.

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