Approaching the 12-hour mark of a student conduct hearing at a major university I am reminded of lyrics from a Maroon Five song (“cross my heart and hope to die” from “One More Night”) as I listen to the disorganized and clumsy questioning of witnesses by the hearing panel. Holding aside the... Read more.
College students facing both criminal prosecution and university prosecution may feel that they are victims of double-jeopardy because they are prosecuted twice for the same offense. And the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution indeed forbids any person from being “twice put in jeopardy of life... Read more.
Students facing conduct and academic honor code violations lack the most basic tool by which to defend themselves: subpoena power. 
One of the worst aspects of the student defense system is that the accused lacks the power to compel testimony and production of documents.
Without... Read more.
"It Isn't mine."
Uttering this phrase to the police when they have found you in close proximity to anything: drugs, alcohol, or violence - only shows you don't understand the legal principle of constructive possession.
Constructive possession requires: (1) intent, and, (2) the... Read more.
When it comes to academic honor code violations, colleges and universities must be fans of the legendary frontier jurist - Judge Roy Bean  - who supposedly told a defendant:
"You'll get a fair trial followed by a speedy hanging."
Plagiarism may be defined as passing off another'... Read more.
So justice is easy but truth is hard. 
It's hard to tell what's true. The boy/girl who says you're the one. The missing cookie from the jar. The bloody knife by the body.
But it's easy to do justice. Just do the process right.
And don't mix it up with the truth.
We... Read more.
Your university and college don’t want you to hire a lawyer. Many student discipline codes and student conduct codes forbid lawyers from speaking at a student conduct proceeding. Other universities and colleges even forbid the accused student from having an advocate present. ... Read more.
On a Halloween twenty years ago, the actor River Phoenix died outside Johnny Depp’s The Viper Room nightclub in Los Angeles, convulsing on the sidewalk from an overdose of drugs. As recounted in a recent biography, he first got sick inside the club but delays in calling 911 may have occurred due... Read more.
“Sally Kram, a spokeswoman for the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, said the group is working to come up with a plan on how police would handle student conduct issues off campus. She said there has been no consensus on how far off campus officers would go.” -... Read more.
Rebecca Ann Sedwick died on September 8, 2013.  She went to an abandoned cement plant and jumped from a tower. It was a Monday morning. A school day. She was twelve.
She was bullied online by maybe 15 or so of her “friends” and classmates. She used ask.fm, Kik and Voxer. The... Read more.