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Campus crime, accusations and student discipline

College life is considerably different for students today than it was for the previous generation.

Trouble can appear in a variety of forms from serious campus crime to disciplinary issues, and students can suddenly find themselves summoned to a hearing that could impact their future in ways they did not anticipate.

Looking at the numbers

As an example of campus life and the criminal or disciplinary issues that could develop, say that you are a student at North Carolina State University. In 2017, the university reported 802 safety- or crime-related incidents among students. There are four categories of crime and safety incidents:

  • Arrests for possession of alcohol, drugs or weapons, which represented 14.3 percent of all incidents
  • Arrests for major crimes such as murder, rape, arson or robbery representing 8.7 percent
  • Violence against women at 4.7 percent
  • Disciplinary action involving the possession of alcohol, drugs or weapons, which represented most of the 2017 crime and safety incidents at 72.2 percent

Office of Student Conduct

At North Carolina State University, a student accused of a disciplinary issue may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct, which promises due process and the opportunity to hear what the accused has to say about the incident.

Ability to have legal support

In a case related to Title IX, the student may have an attorney present at the hearing. The Office of Student Conduct approaches matters of this sort in a “nonadversarial and educational” manner, but also states that having an attorney is advisable for a student facing criminal charges.

Considering options

Whether you are attending North Carolina State or one of the other colleges or universities in the area, having to appear at a disciplinary hearing is a serious matter and the outcome could be life-changing: For example, the institution could expel you. If you are a college student and become involved in a criminal or disciplinary incident either on or off campus, do not hesitate to explore your legal options.


Our Results

  • Client was charged in federal court with the felony offense of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. After negotiation with the US Attorney's Office, the felony gun charge was dismissed and our client...

  • Our client was charged with statutory rape and faced mandatory registration as a sex offender if convicted. We were able to work with a forensic expert and the district attorney's office to negotiate a guilty plea..

  • Client charged with Felony Assault on a Police Officer, misdemeanor assault, and resisting an officer. After a jury trial where multiple police officers testified about the incident, our client was found not guilty ..

  • Client investigated by federal law enforcement for possessing child pornography. Ryan began representing the client during the investigation and ultimately the client was not charged with any crimes...

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