On-campus crimes at Arizona schools can include drug and alcohol offenses, rape or sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, and theft and robbery. If you are being accused of any type of on-campus crime, it is important to consult with a Tucson criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to help you protect your rights. You may be facing serious disciplinary actions from your school as well as criminal charges brought against you by city prosecutors.
Educational institutions such as colleges and universities are governed by both federal law and institutional policies when it comes to taking disciplinary action against students found guilty of committing on-campus crimes. Although each case and school is unique, most abide by the same general steps when investigating a report and taking disciplinary action:
After the hearing, a decision will be made regarding whether the accused student committed the alleged offense. If the student is found responsible, sanctions (disciplinary actions) may be imposed by the school. These are typically decided by a designated panel or an official at the institution. Both parties can appeal the school’s decision based on specific grounds.
Different campuses in Arizona abide by unique policies regarding how an alleged on-campus crime is addressed. Three examples are as follows:
If you or your child has been accused of an on-campus crime or act of misconduct in Arizona, do not wait to contact a criminal defense lawyer at AZ Defenders for a free case consultation. Our attorneys can guide you through the school’s disciplinary process as well as represent you in the criminal courts.