Academic Hearing Attorney for Temple Students

Going through an academic hearing is the last experience that a Temple University student wants to have. The sanctions a student may endure after an academic hearing are a serious matter and can negatively impact their academic career for years to come. If you are a student at Temple University and you are worried about an upcoming academic hearing, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia academic hearing attorney today.

The Law Offices of Lloyd Long are dedicated to providing you with the legal representation that you need to handle your academic hearing. Our firm understands that mistakes can happen, and we are here to help you pursue a desirable outcome in your case. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your options, contact The Law Offices of Lloyd Long at (215) 486-6451, or contact us online.

How an Academic Hearing Works

Temple University has a comprehensive academic code of conduct that it expects all students to abide by. The student code of conduct prohibits a wide range of conduct from plagiarism of published works to the assault of one of your peers. Students that violate the code of conduct are subject to an academic hearing and left to the discretion of the conduct administrator.

If you violated Temple’s code of conduct, it is important to know how the hearing will be adjudicated. Before the conduct hearing is commenced, Temple will perform a “process review meeting.” Temple defines the process review meeting as a “non-adversarial meeting” between a student conduct administrator and the student that allegedly violated the code of conduct. This meeting will inform a student how the hearing will be handled.

The accused student should receive written notice of the process review meeting before they meet with the administrator. This notice should inform the student of the following:

  • The charges that the student is accused of committing
  • The possible sanctions if a student is deemed to have violated the academic code of conduct
  • The rules and procedures to be used in the academic hearing
  • The student’s right to a personal advisor during the hearing

While it is a good idea to retain an attorney to act as your personal advisor, it is important to note that Temple University does not follow the procedures and rules of evidence that are typical in a civil or criminal court. This means that the student can receive advice from a personal advisor but will have to respond to the inquiries of the conduct board personally.

Despite the limited role that a personal advisor may have, a student can still perform the following actions with advice from an advisor:

  • Present evidence of their innocence
  • Call witnesses to testify on their behalf
  • Cross-examine certain parties involved in the hearing
  • Challenge the impartiality of members of the conduct board

To learn more about Temple’s University’s academic hearing process, you should continue reading and contact an experienced Philadelphia disciplinary hearing lawyer today.

Academic Sanctions for Violating Code of Conduct

There are various sanctions that can be levied against a student that violated Temple University’s code of conduct. While some of these sanctions may not seem severe as you might think, it can seriously impact your academic career and your professional career later in life. The following is a list of sanctions that a student may be punished with after an academic hearing.

Letter of Reprimand

A letter of reprimand is a letter regarding your inappropriate conduct that goes in your academic folder. This letter will remain in your disciplinary record indefinitely and can be viewed by school officials and possibly other officials that request your school records.

Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary probation will be imposed on a student that violated the code of conduct for an indefinite amount of time. In certain cases, the probationary period will only be lifted if the student completes other sanctions. Failure to complete other sanctions may result in the extension of the probation.

Disciplinary probation may make you ineligible for various activities. For example, if you were previously a resident assistant, you may be removed from this position.

University Housing Suspension

University housing suspension will remove a student from being able to live on campus for a period of time. This can be devastating if a student is from another state and needed university housing to continue to afford their education.

There are many other penalties not listed above. As mentioned, a serious conduct violation could result in expulsion from Temple University.

Work with a Philadelphia Academic Hearing Lawyer Today

If you need legal assistance to handle your academic hearing, contact an experienced Philadelphia academic hearing lawyer for Temple students. Criminal defense lawyer Lloyd Long has over 10 years of legal experience providing residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding areas with legal representation tailored to their unique needs. To schedule a free legal consultation concerning your academic hearing, contact The Law Offices of Lloyd Long at (215) 486-6451.

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