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.
I chose my college (Vassar) in part for the lack of Greek life. My daughter factored in that too in her college choice (Smith). But a cellphone video of the 2013 Smith College Convocation filled with a thousand plus screaming women in a Greek looking auditorium with signs and costumes boasting... Read more.
You can solve most problems – and even avoid them in the first place – and this includes student conduct violations. The key to defending a student or diffusing a discipline code violation is clarity. Clarity of perception. Clarity of analysis. Clarity of action.
How do you achieve... Read more.
Irresponsible drinking might be summed up as the philosophy of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger."  Responsible drinking – a much repeated phrase on campuses by students and universities alike – might be summed up as how colleges and universities suggest students break underage... Read more.
The other night my 18-year old woke up crying from a nightmare. Don’t get me wrong – she’s a tough enough kid – a competitive full-contact martial arts fighter since she was twelve. But she’s starting college in a few weeks and anxiety builds.
I usually talk to her about dream analysis... Read more.
To paraphrase the French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre: First, we show up. Then we figure out what to do.
Mentors help you do that. But more importantly, the act of seeking them makes us smarter about ourselves.
Seeking out mentors requires you to figure out what... Read more.
Who decides who is being noisy? DC recently amended its anti-noise laws to specify that:
“It is unlawful to make an unreasonably loud noise between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. that is likely to annoy or disturb one or more other persons in their residences.” D.C. Code § 22-1321(d)(2013).... Read more.