Columbia University Arrests, Disciplinary Hearing & Title IX Misconduct Investigations
Whether it is Manhattan’s Bernard College, Columbia Business School, Columbia Teacher’s College or any undergraduate or graduate program at New York City’s Columbia University, graduating with a degree can be a student’s ticket to future success. From the professors to the other students and externship and internship possibilities, Columbia University is one of the best schools in New York and beyond. Arguably, because of this, an arrest, investigation, Title IX disciplinary hearing, expulsion or suspension at Columbia University can devastate the academic future of any student or faculty member. Even without an arrest, an allegation or investigation for sexual harassment or a violation of Title IX can have crippling consequences leading to suspension and expulsion as well. Simply, you have no choice but to fight any and all accusations prior to and during any disciplinary hearing.
Do not be naïve and think that because you are a young man or woman, a foreign student, or just some “college kid” that the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Manhattan District Attorney’s Office or the administration at Columbia University will go easy on you in their respective arrests, prosecutions, Title IX investigations, disciplinary hearings, expulsions or suspensions. In fact, because the Ivy League school has other students on its campus, staff has to make sure that everyone is safe and their interests are protected beyond the accused. If that means one bad apple gets pulled from the tree and tossed aside, prosecutors and faculty alike will not hesitate to prosecute, suspend or expel you should their investigation lead them to that conclusion.Columbia University Public Safety and Crime
Columbia University’s Public Safety Office and Operations at its Manhattan campus deals with its share of criminal accusations and investigations. College campuses are not immune from Rape, Petit Larceny, Grand Larceny, Drug and Marijuana Possession, Assaults, Weapon Possession, Harassment, Unlawful Surveillance and Possession of Forged Instruments crimes. Regardless of the offense, all law enforcement needs to make an arrest is probable cause. You may be completely innocent, but the process that potential terminates your collegiate career may have started. One student claims that sexual intercourse was not consensual. Another student asserts that a dormmate stole his or her wallet and credit cards. You were summonsed for a Minor in Possession for being underage with alcohol or you were arrested for a fake identification. Equally common, one student is sending harassing or unwelcomed emails or texts to a student rival, former boyfriend or girlfriend, or some random classmate. Whether there is an Assault on campus or a student is arrested with cocaine or selling marijuana, Columbia University is a microcosm of greater New York City.
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The above crimes are only a few of the potential criminal investigations and arrests that can lead to not only a misdemeanor or felony conviction and incarceration, but suspension and expulsion from Columbia University. Shoplifting? Steal a credit card? “Upskirt”? Get into a fist fight? Any form of investigation or arrest – including a Desk Appearance Ticket – can have consequences. Don’t be foolish and risk your future in the criminal justice system or at Columbia University.
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You don’t need to be arrested on campus by Columbia Public Safety or the NYPD to face grave consequences to your academic career at Columbia University. Sexual misconduct and gender based offenses can, and do, lead to suspensions and expulsion. Columbia University’s Gender Based Misconduct Policy sets for types of violations that can lead to hearings and your rights at those hearings. It is critical important to know what the University means and defines as Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment, Stalking and other offenses and the Title IX disciplinary hearing process. If you are investigated, can you have counsel or an attorney present? What can you or your lawyer do to appeal a decision if there is a finding against you? The questions are as important as the answers. You and your family have spent time and money to attend a top Ivy League college, don’t let one allegation – true or false – destroy everything you have worked so hard to attain.
If you are accused of a crime on a college campus or off campus or you are being investigated for violating Title IX or Columbia’s Gender Based Misconduct Policy, protect yourself and your future. Your alleged actions as a young man or woman should not define you as a person and derail your future. Let the New York criminal defense lawyers, former Manhattan prosecutors and Columbia University Misconduct attorneys at Saland Law be your strongest defense.
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