University of North Texas Disciplinary Hearings
Getting busted for something while you are a student at UNT is bad enough. In addition to picking up a criminal charge, however, you have also just committed a violation of UNT’s Code of Conduct. The school will hold a disciplinary hearing to determine issues such as:
SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION;
WHETHER THE OFFENSE WILL APPEAR ON YOUR PERMANENT RECORD OR TRANSCRIPT; AND
WHETHER OR NOT YOU MAY CONTINUE TO LIVE ON-CAMPUS.
You will be asked to prepare a statement describing the alleged violation of the Code of Conduct. UNT will have its lawyer on the phone during this hearing. Despite what UNT may tell you, you need a lawyer there too. If you didn’t need a lawyer there, ask yourself why they brought their lawyer…
Can your Code of Conduct statement be used against you in your criminal charge? What can–or should–you say in the statement? Can you appeal the sanction UNT imposes? Can you invoke your Fifth Amendment right to refuse to make incriminating statements at the hearing? These issues are complicated, and you need a lawyer to advocate for you and protect you at disciplinary hearings. Title IX violations (sexual assault, sexual harassment, etc.) are particularly complex, and require a lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of, and who is well-versed in handling, such allegations. I have attended these hearings for years, and have successfully defended many UNT students. If you have received a “Notice of Complaint” from UNT, call today (940) 323-9308.