Parents and students often do not realize that colleges usually have 24/7 global jurisdiction over a student while that student is enrolled in the college. This means that a college can take disciplinary action against a student for both on and off campus conduct that violates the college’s rules – even if that off campus conduct is thousands of miles away. Parents and students are also shocked to find out how few rights an accused student has and how harshly colleges treat accused students.
Typically, colleges have a disciplinary process where allegations of misconduct are investigated, a hearing panel or administrator decides whether the allegation in supported by some evidence, and if the student is found responsible, there can be an opportunity to appeal to a higher level administrator. Understanding what the school’s policies are and making sure the school follows those policies as well as building a case that is oriented from the student’s perspective is critical to obtaining the best possible outcomes in these cases. Attorney Scott Iseman has handled numerous disciplinary and Title IX matters as colleges throughout New York State.
When Scott is hired to represent students, he works quickly and efficiently with the student and their families to make sure all defense options are explored, all rights are preserved and the student knows exactly what they should be doing right now for the best chance of success. Scott often works with investigators, consultants and retained experts to provide expert guidance, reports and in some cases, testimony to the school in support of a student’s case. Scott can also leverage his litigation experience by bringing affirmative legal actions in state and federal court to protect student’s rights throughout the disciplinary process by seeking injunctive relief and, if necessary, challenging the final determination in a court of law.