Academic & Student Misconduct Defense

Beverly Academic Misconduct Defense Attorneys

Defending Students & Faculty Members in Boston

Our Beverly academic misconduct defense attorneys at Gelb & Gelb LLP represent both students and teachers and have over 40 years of legal experience. We understand how stressful being the subject of an academic investigation can be, especially if you are expected to continue with your education and coursework throughout the process. Our team is familiar with how Massachusetts learning institutions decide these cases and will do everything possible to protect your academic future.

You do not have to face an academic misconduct investigation alone.
Discuss your options with us by calling
(877) 867-0034 or contacting us online.

Protecting Your Rights in Massachusetts Academic Misconduct Investigations

Because academic investigations are typically conducted privately and internally, you will often not be guaranteed the same due process rights that you would in a criminal trial matter. However, we are familiar with how to assert and enforce the rights of our clients.

Our Beverly academic misconduct attorneys can assist you with cases involving:

  • Abuse of information technology. This category encompasses a number of offenses, including the physical theft of a learning institution’s hardware, software, or digital proprietary information as well as inappropriate use of a learning institution’s equipment. We are familiar with cybercrimes and can assist in the defense of both students and faculty in these matters.
  • Bullying and hazing allegations. Hazing is a serious offense that can also involve criminal charges. Our firm can work with individual students and student organizations that have been accused of engaging in hazing or targeted harassment.
  • Domestic violence and threats. Massachusetts vigorously prosecutes domestic violence cases. These offenses can threaten an academic career even if the offense did not occur on college or university property. We can represent students and faculty members charged with domestic violence in both criminal proceedings and any investigations conducted by an academic institution.\
  • Drug and alcohol offenses. Many Massachusetts colleges, universities, and other academic institutions maintain strict drug and alcohol policies. Our legal team can work to protect your future and defend your rights in these cases.
  • Faculty professional fitness committee proceedings. If your fitness to serve on an academic institution’s faculty has been called into question, you will need effective legal representation to protect yourself and your career. We work with faculty members who are subject to these proceedings for both disciplinary and medical reasons.
  • Plagiarism, cheating, and improper student collaboration. Academic dishonesty is an extremely serious matter, and can result in severe disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion. Many allegations of academic dishonesty can be born of misunderstandings, and our legal team can work to defend, present and convey your position and perspective.
  • Restraining orders and “no trespass” orders. We can represent you in situations where a pending restraining order would make your continued attendance or position at a learning institution untenable as well as defend you if you are accused of violating a restraining order.
  • Sexual harassment and assault investigations. Academic institutions are required to vigorously investigate allegations of sexual abuse under Title IX. These investigations are often extremely charged and delicate affairs, and we can work to support your rights and protect your academic reputation.

Our legal team at Gelb & Gelb LLP is committed to championing the rights of students and faculty members. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case by calling (877) 867-0034 or contacting us online.

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