Student Conduct Violations & Title IX Charges
Student Conduct Violations
When students at Indiana University are charged with criminal offenses, they must often answer to allegations of violations of the Code of Student Conduct. The Indiana University Office of Student Conduct may initiate disciplinary proceedings. This process is completely separate from the criminal justice system but can result in serious repercussions.
The burden of proof that Indiana University uses to determine responsibility for violations of its ethics code is a preponderance of the evidence, which is a lower burden than what is required for a finding of guilt in the criminal system. As a result, students are more easily adjudicated ‘responsible’ under this framework.
In certain circumstances, allegations of violations of the ethics code should be taken as seriously as criminal charges, as a student’s future at the University or their ability to transfer may be compromised. It is prudent to seek the advice of counsel in these situations. Contact Mary Higdon at Higdon Law for more information.
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Title IX Issues
Higdon law is experienced in handling student conduct violations and Title IX cases.
Title IX was codified in the 1970s to guard against discrimination of female student-athletes in collegiate sports. Over time, Title IX’s protections have extended to include allegations of sexual misconduct in the University setting. These cases have different procedures than non-Title IX matters, and it is best to have someone with experience assist you with the process.
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