Student Misconduct

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Many colleges and universities require students to sign a code of conduct forbidding criminal and unethical behaviors. Even students who are acquitted on misdemeanor drug charges may still find themselves facing the school's judicial review board. At The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz, the College Park student misconduct attorney is also a skilled criminal lawyer who diligently represents you against both academic and criminal charges.

Conduct codes eschew many different violations

Student conduct codes can forbid students from engaging in a number of activities, including underage drinking, drug paraphernalia possession, academic dishonesty and plagiarism. Although some administrative charges are not criminal in nature, they can still carry serious consequences, including expulsion and a mark on your academic record that may be impossible to remove. The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz skillfully represents you if your college or university accuses you of misconduct and may help you file a grievance if officials pursue charges maliciously.

The following offenses are among the charges a student misconduct board may file against you:

  • Plagiarism - If a professor thinks you have stolen the work of another person, you may stand accused of plagiarism. This often means a failing grade in the class and academic probation.
  • Sexual misconduct - Universities have an obligation to maintain a harassment-free learning environment. Students may be barred from campus for charges of sexual assault or other harassment offenses.
  • Possession of illegal drugs or alcohol on campus - Universities, including the University of Maryland, have strict rules regarding student drug use. The consequences may include immediate loss of housing privileges, suspension or expulsion. Alcohol use depends on the student's age, but in addition, colleges may choose to limit alcohol on campus. For example, UMD prohibits kegs in dormitories.

A unique perspective on misconduct cases

Student misconduct lawyer Ronald Schwartz is a former University of Maryland student with two children currently enrolled at the school. He has reviewed the student conduct code thoroughly and understands it the way only a student, parent and lawyer can. He uses this knowledge to effectively defend students against false misconduct charges so they can get their lives back on track. He has also helped students from colleges throughout the area, including those studying in Washington, D.C., colleges in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and the Baltimore area.

Speak with a student misconduct attorney in Maryland right away

Protect your child from criminal and academic charges with the help of the student misconduct attorney at The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz. Call him at 301-892-3410 or contact him online for a free consultation. He is also available for evening meetings for your convenience.