Massachusetts Academic & Student Misconduct Defense Lawyer

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Representing Clients Accused of College Misconduct

Students or faculty charged with academic dishonesty and/or a criminal offense will likely face internal administrative disciplinary proceedings initiated by the academic institution to determine if the school's code of conduct has been violated, and if so, what sanction may be imposed. This is an extremely serious and trying process, which can negatively impact one’s academic and professional careers.

Below is among the various types of allegations against which we defend clients:

  • Sexual harassment and assault investigations ("Title IX Investigations”)
  • Allegations of domestic violence and threats
  • Restraining orders and no trespass notices
  • Plagiarism, cheating, and improper student collaboration
  • Drug and alcohol offenses
  • Bullying and hazing allegations
  • Faculty professional fitness committee proceedings
  • Allegations of misusing information technology

Gelb & Gelb LLP is available to vigorously defend students and faculty who are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Protecting the Academic Standing of Students

An academic code violation or criminal charge can drastically affect a student's education, opportunities, and even future career. Even if criminals charges are dismissed, students can still face university violations due to the arrest.

University code violations can result in:

  • Loss of on-campus housing
  • Academic probation
  • Suspension or expulsion from the university
  • A long-term mark on student records

If you are accused of academic misconduct or a crime, it is imperative to reach out to a student misconduct attorney. We can help you develop a defense based on solid evidence and determine if your university is acting in accordance with its own guidelines. Where possible, we can advocate for you before a disciplinary panel.

Fighting Title IX Allegations

Title IX was created to protect students from sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination. All educational institutions that receive federal funds must comply with Title IX. This includes private universities that receive federal funding from financial-aid programs.

A Title IX allegation can drastically affect your career as a student or faculty member. Universities often provide for less-than-thorough investigation procedures in these claims. Therefor, if you are accused of a violation of Title IX, an attorney can best help you assert your rights.

Please contact Daniel K. Gelb, Esquire at (877) 867-0034 to discuss Gelb & Gelb LLP’s Academic & Student Misconduct Defense practice.

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