College students can be charged with misdemeanor or felony crimes, such as possession of marijuana or driving under the influence (DUI). Committing any crime, no matter how minor or how serious, is a violation of student code at Towson University, which prohibits illegal activity in any form. If a student is accused of violating University code by allegedly committing a crime, Towson University may require the student to attend a disciplinary hearing or academic hearing, which could lead to a suspension, expulsion, or removal from Towson’s on-campus housing. In addition, the student may face criminal penalties within Maryland’s court system, including jail time, probation, heavy fines, and the suspension of driving privileges.
If your son or daughter has an upcoming academic hearing at Towson University for alleged crimes other student code violations, make sure that he or she is protected by an experienced attorney. The outcome of your child’s academic hearing could alter the course of his or her professional future. Take strategic action today to protect your child’s rights and opportunities tomorrow. Hire a trusted and accomplished lawyer in Towson, like former Assistant State’s Attorney Randolph Rice, to provide your son or daughter with the high caliber of legal representation he or she deserves. To schedule a free consultation concerning a disciplinary hearing at Towson, or criminal charges against a college student at Towson, contact us online today, or call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291.
What Sorts of Crimes Are College Students Commonly Charged With?
By engaging in plagiarism or breaking state laws, a Towson student violates student policy, potentially creating the need for a disciplinary hearing or academic hearing. Common criminal charges that can trigger hearings for college students include, but are not limited to, the following felonies and misdemeanors in Maryland:
- Assault in the second or first degree
- Disorderly conduct
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Drug possession, such as possession of marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, or prescription drugs like Adderall and OxyContin
- Identity theft
- Public intoxication
- Rape or attempted rape in the second or first degree
- Reckless endangerment
- Resisting arrest
- Revenge porn offenses
- Sexual offense or attempted sexual offense
- Shoplifting, otherwise known as “retail theft”
- Theft (larceny)
- Threats of mass violence
- Vandalism, graffiti, and destruction of property
If your son or daughter was arrested for any of these crimes while attending Towson, or for an offense that you do not see listed above, contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras right away to discuss your family’s legal options.
What Happens at a Student Academic Hearing?
There are both similarities and differences between a student academic hearing and a criminal trial within Maryland’s justice system. In both situations, evidence will be submitted and reviewed to determine the truth or falsehood of the allegations against the student. However, different rules and standards apply for what types of evidence may be submitted, and how robust that evidence must be.
For example, the Hearing Board appointed to conduct the student hearing may consider “hearsay” (indirect) evidence, which would normally be prohibited in a court of criminal law. Additionally, there is a higher standard for the strength of the evidence in a criminal case. At a trial, the prosecution must prove that the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is an extremely demanding standard to meet. The standard used at University academic hearings, known as having a “preponderance of the evidence,” is less rigorous. To have a preponderance of the evidence is to prove it more likely than not that an alleged offense took place.
What Consequences Can Result from a Towson Student Academic Hearing?
After reviewing the evidence, a Hearing Board will reach a decision about what sanctions, if any, are appropriate. If the Board finds that the student committed the violation alleged, the student risks being permanently expelled, temporarily suspended, or removed from student housing altogether, forcing the student to find a house or apartment off-campus.
Under certain circumstances, it may be possible to appeal, or dispute, the Board’s decision about the student’s case. However, a decision cannot be appealed simply because it is not the desired outcome. It is necessary to show that the student’s due process rights were violated, that new information about the case has become available, or that other factors were in place. However, as University policy points out, “Appeals may not be submitted by third parties, including friends, family members, or attorneys.”
Academic Hearing Lawyer for Students at Towson University in Maryland
If your son or daughter was arrested at college in Towson, Maryland, the clock is already ticking. He or she needs legal representation immediately. For a free legal consultation, contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras online, or call today at (410) 694-7291 to speak confidentially with an attorney for Towson students.