Lawyers Defending College Students Against Alcohol, Drug, Sexual Assault, Plagiarism and Other Violations in Colleges, Universities & Courts

July 2013

Gideon Can't Play Here: Banning Student Defense Lawyers*

Numerous college and university student disciplinary codes don’t allow students to have a lawyer present at a student disciplinary hearing.  The colleges and universities may argue that this prohibition is allowable because their proceedings are not criminal prosecutions and the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution’s right to counsel applies only to criminal cases. U.S. Const. amend. XI.

Student Orientation

o·ri·en·ta·tion /ˌôrēənˈtāSHən/


  • The determination of the relative position of something or someone (esp. oneself).
  • The relative physical position or direction of something. See “Orientation.” Def., n.d. Web. 22 July 2013.

The freshman orientations occurring throughout the summer at universities and colleges are useful logistics primers for new students.  But they don’t do any real orientation. There is no “determination of the relative position of something…(esp. oneself).”