All students at North Carolina State University (NC State) are expected to conduct themselves “in a manner that helps enhance an environment of learning in which the rights, dignity, worth, and freedom of each member of the academic community are respected.” The Code of Student Conduct (the Code) establishes the expectations for student conduct in the university community.
Minor violations of the Code generally result in sanctions less severe than suspension or expulsion, but alleged academic or non-academic misconduct can have much more serious consequences. In certain cases, students can face serious academic sanctions and loss of on-campus housing privileges in addition to criminal charges.
Are you a student at NC State (NCSU) who has been accused of misconduct that allegedly violates the university’s Code? You should know that you may have the right to legal representation for help minimizing any potential damage to your academic career.
In addition to defending clients against criminal charges, the Raleigh student defense attorneys at Coolidge Law Firm also help NC State students who have allegedly violated the Code. Our firm can review your case during a completely free initial consultation as soon as you call (919) 239-8448 today.
NC State encourages all faculty members to use “the Pack Pledge” (“I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test or assignment") on all syllabi, assignments, examinations, or other academic evaluations. The Code states that students, faculty, other employees, and all members of the NC State community have a responsibility to report academic misconduct to the appropriate authority.
The term academic misconduct is considered to be synonymous with the term “academic dishonesty” in North Carolina General Statute § 116-40.11. This means that students do not necessarily have the right to be represented by a lawyer in certain hearings or disciplinary procedures.
Students can still speak to an attorney about the allegations to prepare for any disciplinary hearing. Examples of possible academic misconduct listed under section 8 of the Code include:
Alleged violations of federal, state, or local law that threaten the safety or well-being of the campus community, acts that constitutes violent behavior as defined in North Carolina State University Regulation 04.05.02, and any other behavior adversely affecting NC State may be considered non-academic misconduct. This type of behavior is subject to disciplinary action.
Non-academic misconduct is typically much more serious because allegations also generally involve some kind of criminal charges. Unlike academic misconduct, NC State Student Discipline Procedures and North Carolina General Statute § 116-40.11 do afford students the right to legal representation who can fully participate during any disciplinary procedure regarding the alleged violation.
Section 10 of the Code includes the following types of non-academic misconduct:
Violations of the code can result in possible sanctions being imposed on students. Sanctions for academic or non-academic misconduct will result in a disciplinary file being created for students.
These sanctions are imposed to define a student’s status at the university following a finding of responsible for a violation, serve as a clear statement about NC State standards and expectations, educate students on the effects of their behavior, and attempt to affect a change in that behavior in the future.
Possible sanctions vary depending on whether a student has been accused of academic or non-academic misconduct. Factors or circumstances affecting sanctions are considered on a case by case basis.
In cases of academic misconduct, sanctions may include:
A variety of mitigating or aggravating factors affecting sanctions may be considered in cases of non-academic misconduct. A student facing criminal charges may choose to submit to interim sanctions while a criminal proceeding is pending.
One or more of the following sanctions can be imposed in these types of cases:
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If you are an NC State student who is facing allegations of academic or non-academic misconduct, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel for help achieving the best possible outcome to your case. Do NOT speak to student conduct without first consulting an attorney. Failure to take disciplinary proceedings seriously can result in possible suspension or expulsion which would dramatically affect your academic future.
Coolidge Law Firm understands how seriously universities take alcohol offenses and other crimes, which is why we help students in criminal courts as well as hearings on campus. Our firm fights to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed as part of an effort to minimize academic harm.
Even if you believe that you are prohibited from having legal representation for your particular case, you could still benefit from a formal review of your case to help you prepare for any hearing. Our Raleigh criminal defense attorneys will provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (919) 239-8448 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.