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Category: College

Drugged Drinks and Hateful Speech – UM Fraternity Shut Down

October 19, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) Florida Gamma chapter was established at the University of Miami in 1949. After 70 years of acting as an established Greek community, the fraternity has been shut down due to drugging allegations and a hate speech video that surfaced. Several students have come forward to report the alleged drugging that happened at one of the fraternity’s …

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CAN I GET A DUI WHILE RIDING AN ELECTRIC SCOOTER IN TALLAHASSEE?

June 9, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense

With busy streets, hot tropical weather, and a need to get from point A to point B, it’s no wonder that our beautiful city of Tallahassee has partnered with various electric scooter companies to bring the best e-scooter service to Florida’s Capitol. Students at Florida State University have a great opportunity to utilize these scooters or the free Trolley while …

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FSU’s Policy and Investigation Process for Sexual Misconduct

May 12, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

In 2021, FSU Professor John “Read” Gainsford was accused of sexual misconduct with a male undergrad student. Although Gainsford was never charged and remains a faculty member, the incident brings up the current state of the university’s policy on sexual misconduct. There are different routes to take for either a student or faculty member getting accused of sexual misconduct. This …

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What is the Title IX Law?

May 12, 2022 College, Criminal Defense

On June 23, 1972, Congress passed the law called Title IX of the Education Amendments. The law is in charge of barring sexual discrimination in both education programs and activities offered by universities. Before the law passed in the 1970s, there were major inequalities in education faced by women. There were limited programs that women could be a part of, …

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What was the Columbia Mattress Protest?

May 10, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Sex Crimes

Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault. The Columbia University sexual assault case referred to as the “Mattress Case” received national attention in 2014. The case involved two students attending Columbia University at the time—Emma Sulkowicz and Paul Nungesser. On the first day of Sulkowicz’s sophomore year at Columbia in 2012, she claimed that she was raped by …

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False Rape Allegations in Florida Universities

May 5, 2022 College, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Considering the “Me Too” movement and more victims coming forward, universities are quick to make judgment against students accused of sexual assault. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were 7,650 identified reports of sexual offenses in 2020 and a total of 4,182 arrests. Sexual violence can have harsh physical, mental, and emotional consequences. Some of the results …

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FSU’s Student Conduct Code – Can the University Suspend or even Expel you for a Violation?

April 25, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense

It is common for students facing disciplinary action from their school to feel panic or to be scared at the possible repercussions they are facing. It can be especially difficult depending on the charges the student is facing, as it’s not uncommon for some young adults in college to start drinking and experimenting with illegal drugs. An old post by …

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Student Rights – Understanding Alleged Student Violations

April 22, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense

Attending a prestigious school like Florida State University (“FSU”) can be daunting and stressful at times for students. It’s not uncommon for them to find ways to make their academic life easier or to de-stress in ways that are not in their best interest. Most students strive to make it to the top of their class but those that take …

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One Man’s TikTok Leads to Another’s Criminal Record – Viral Video Highlighting Spring Breaker Escaping from Police Car

March 28, 2022 College, Criminal Defense

If there’s one thing millennials and “Gen-Z” kids love, it’s social media. While it’s a great way to socialize amongst each other, there is still harm that can come from trying to reach internet stardom. For instance, last Spring Break a viral video highlighted what was meant to be a funny video of a young Florida man escaping the back …

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