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5 Ways a lawyer can assist in the non-academic misconduct process

Queen’s University non-academic misconduct complaints are serious and can carry significant consequences. You are entitled to seek legal advice, and you will be advised of this throughout the process.

The earlier you seek advice, the more opportunities a lawyer has to help you get the best outcome possible.

For example, a lawyer can help by:

  1. Explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the case against you. Evidence must be disclosed to the respondent, and a lawyer can review this with you and outline the benefits of seeking an informal resolution versus proceeding to adjudication.
  2. Negotiating an informal resolution. An informal resolution may allow for a better outcome than adjudication.  A lawyer can explore different sanctions and resolution options with the investigator.
  3. Attending meetings with the Case Manager and advise you before making statements. Any statement you make can be used against you in the non-academic misconduct process and, possibly, in any resulting criminal or civil proceedings. A lawyer can help explain and mitigate the risks associated with making a statement.
  4. Representing you at the hearing. If the matter proceeds to adjudication, then a lawyer can attend the hearing with you and question the witnesses and make legal submissions on your behalf.
  5. Outlining your civil and criminal law jeopardy. Even after your non-academic misconduct complaint is dealt with, you may still be criminal charged or sued. Any admissions you make or agreements you reach in the non-academic misconduct process may come up in criminal and civil proceedings.

Borys Law has helped students at all stages of the non-academic misconduct process. Contact us for more information about how we can assist you in a non-academic misconduct case.


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