Many students view their dorm room as a private space, but increasingly colleges and universities want to monitor what students do in their private housing. Violating a college’s housing policy is far easier than you may think. If you have been accused of violating a campus housing policy, you will likely face one or more disciplinary actions from your school, including suspension, eviction, a revocation of your funding/scholarship, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, you should speak with a lawyer who can defend you against college housing policy violations. Allen Harris can help you understand what you can do and what we can do to help.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a College Housing Policy Violation?
As you may know, college housing policies can be quite complex and detailed, and unfortunately, many students do not read them. In many cases, a student can violate these policies without even realizing he or she is doing so. Unfortunately, students who’ve been accused of violating college housing policies risk facing a wide array of consequences, including expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. An experienced higher education lawyer can help you navigate your school’s housing policy and prevent you from being sanctioned.
Common College Housing Policy Violations
There are a wide array of things a student may (or may not) do that technically violate campus housing policy. Some of the most common housing policy violations involve fire hazards. In many cases, students face disciplinary action without even realizing they were violating their housing policy to begin with, for something as simple as having a lighted candle.
There many actions that may be considered “fire hazards” or otherwise violate a school’s fire safety laws, such as using electric heaters, and other “infractions.” Though all of these actions seem fairly innocuous, unfortunately, they can result in a student facing serious disciplinary action by a school.
Of course, almost all colleges have policies against the use of drugs and alcohol while on school property, including school housing. In fact, you can face consequences for having drugs or alcohol in your dorm even if they weren’t yours and actually belonged to your roommate. In many cases, if certain controlled substances are found in your dorm, you may face disciplinary action from your school and potentially criminal charges.
Contact Allen Harris
If you’ve been accused of violating your college’s housing policy, a knowledgeable students’ rights lawyer can help. Contact our firm today so you can tell us your story.