North Carolina College Harassment Accusations
Wilmington Criminal Attorney Representing Students
Intentional, violent, and persistent harassment could constitute a crime
if it makes the target feel intimidating or otherwise in fear of their
well-being. When harassment occurs on a college or university campus,
it always constitutes an extreme violation of the rules and regulations.
Without taking any time to defend themselves, the alleged harasser could
face severe and immediate consequences.
If you are accused of harassing another student, while attending a North
Carolina college or university you could be penalized by:
- Removal of financial aid or loans
- Credit elimination (for completed courses)
What can be done to protect your academic career? Most college students
are not aware of the fact that they are permitted to seek legal counsel
for university based violations. With the help of Wilmington criminal
defense lawyer, James Rutherford, who has more than ten years of
criminal defense experience, you can tell your side of the story. He can help you whether
you are required to go to court or before an administrative panel of faculty members.
Initial consultations are FREE – schedule yours today.
What Constitutes Harassment?
The definition for what is considered actual menacing harassment seems
to continue to expand as the years go on. Behaviors that one person might
mean to be playful or purely in jest can be misconstrued or misinterpreted
to be intentionally harmful. In other situations, the accusations can
be based entirely on falsified claims as one student seeks revenge on
another, punishing them perhaps for another incident that was not in violation
of any guidelines or school rules.
Forms of harassment that may occur on a university campus include:
- Pushing or shoving
- Property destruction
- Constant verbal abuse
- Using peer pressure to gain an advantage or benefit
There have been several cases of harassment that was initially invited
as a form of hazing. University students willingly ask to join a fraternity
or sorority and are made completely aware of the uncomfortable hazing
rituals that are required by the group’s traditions. Afterwards,
the new initiates turn to faculty to report that they had been harassed
and now seek restitution. Should a situation such as this really constitute
harassment? Or does forewarning forego consequences? These are the questions
administrative disciplinary panels must answer fairly.
Your Future is Jeopardized - Take Action Now
As startling as it might seem, if you have been accused of harassing another
university or college student, your future has been put on the line. Without
a successful outcome to your case or hearing, you might lose your right
to an education, which will surely diminish your livelihood for the rest
of your life.
Contact a Wilmington criminal defense lawyer today to begin securing your future,
as you had planned it.