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Advising You In Miami University Hearings

Miami University in Ohio has a code of student conduct. If you are charged with a crime on campus or in the city of Oxford, you could face a university discipline action or even suspension.

University Discipline proceedings are serious – often at least as serious as any related criminal proceedings. Your academic and professional future can be at stake. You should not be fooled by any perceived informality of the proceedings. University Disciplinary rules are technical, nuanced, and require expertise to be effectively navigated. We have that expertise at Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima.

Our attorneys have worked in the University system, and we spend time studying the rules and meeting with the administrators. We have advised thousands of students on University matters. As a result, we are best able to avoid or mitigate the damage caused by a notation of “Suspended” or “Dismissed” on a permanent transcript.

Our firm offers a free initial consultation to discuss your situation if you are charged with a code violation and face a discipline hearing before the Miami University Office of Student Conflict Resolution. Our law office is located in Oxford, across the street from the Butler County (Area I) Courthouse. We welcome clients from Mason as well.

Alcohol-Related Offenses

Some of the most common violations are:

  • Underage possession
  • Underage drinking
  • Underage intoxication
  • Fake ID charges

If you are arrested for any of these charges on campus or in the city of Oxford, the charges may be forwarded to the Office of Student Conflict Resolution.

For a first offense for underage intoxication, you may be required to attend alcohol awareness programs. For a second offense within a two-year period, you may be suspended from the university for a semester.

For possession, underage drinking and fake I.D. charges, Miami University has a two-strikes-and-you’re-out policy. If you are found responsible for any of these violations three times within a two-year period, you may be suspended for a semester.

Even if you are able to resolve the criminal charges without a conviction, you can still be found responsible at the university discipline hearing based on an independent review of the evidence by the university.

Drug Trafficking, Assault, Date Rape And Other Felonies

Anyone accused of drug trafficking or a crime of violence such as assault, date rape or aggravated menacing can be subject to what’s known as a “1219 hearing,” which is a state-mandated hearing to determine if a student should be expelled. Our Oxford university hearing attorneys represent students in 1219 hearings, as well as summary expulsion hearings initiated by the university.

We Will Review Your Charges For Free

This is a specialized field with serious consequences. These are not matters to be handled by someone without significant experience with University Discipline. The consequences of inexperienced representation can be catastrophic to a student’s future.

We represent defendants, victims, individuals, and organizations (i.e. fraternities, sororities, student organizations). If you are dealing with any University matter ranging from intoxication, to plagiarism, to violence, to the increasingly complicated field of sexual assault, Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima has the experience that you need.

To talk to an experienced lawyer about your Miami University discipline action, call us at 513-496-0134 or e-mail us today.

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