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California College Greek Life Defense Attorney

We defend fraternities, sororities, and their members in college and university disciplinary Hearings

California Fraternity and Sorority Discipline Defense Attorney

California Fraternity and Sorority Discipline Defense Lawyer

The Greek Life system, comprised of fraternities and sororities, is well integrated in American collegiate society. Many colleges and universities in California regulate and discipline fraternities and sororities on campus. College fraternities and sororities are subject to disciplinary action for violations of the Student Code of Conduct and other rules and regulations. Consequences of university disciplinary proceedings for members of fraternities and sororities are profound. Fraternity and sorority members facing college and university disciplinary Hearings in California should seek representation from an experienced California Fraternity and Sorority Discipline Defense Attorney.

The following violations are common reasons for college and university disciplinary Hearings against fraternities, sororities and their members:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Building Code Violations
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Cyber Sexual Bullying
  • Date Rape
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Drug Dealing
  • Drug Use
  • Fighting
  • Hazing
  • Hate Crimes
  • Health Code Violations
  • Intimidation
  • Municipal Code Violations
  • Noise Complaints
  • Obscene Behavior
  • Off Campus Misconduct
  • Partying
  • Philanthropy Violations
  • Poor Academic Performance
  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Knife
  • Prostitution
  • Providing Alcohol to Minors/Underage students
  • Public Intoxication
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Rape
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Risk Management Violations
  • Rush Rule Violations
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Battery
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Threats
  • Trespass
  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol
  • Unregistered Event With Alcohol
  • Vandalism
  • Weapons Possession

California Fraternity and Sorority Disciplinary Action Appeal Lawyer

Each college and university in California that regulates Greek Life on campus maintains a disciplinary procedure for adjudicating violations of the Student Code and other university rules and regulations. For some fraternity and sorority disciplinary violations, college disciplinary action procedures may be governed by Title IX. The procedures between college campuses can differ slightly, but Administrative Law procedures across university campuses in California remain fairly constant. However, Administrative Law Due Process Rights differ substantially from other areas of law. It is important to have an attorney that understands the college and university Administrative Law Hearing process for fraternity and sorority disciplinary violations. Fraternities, sororities and their members facing a California college or university disciplinary Hearing process should seek legal representation from a California fraternity and sorority disciplinary action appeal attorney.

California Fraternity and Sorority Disciplinary Hearing Defense Attorney

As stated above, each college and university in California maintains slightly different disciplinary procedures for fraternity and sorority (Greek Life Organization) disciplinary Hearings. At some colleges, a student disciplinary review committee conducts the initial Hearing for fraternity and sorority violations. At other universities, a faculty disciplinary review committee conducts the first disciplinary Hearing for fraternity and sorority violations. Some colleges even maintain an independent judicial council to oversee fraternity and sorority disciplinary Hearings. Further Appeals may be heard by College/University Administrators or even by the College/University Board of Trustees. Fraternities, sororities and their members (often) have the right to be represented by an attorney at fraternity and sorority college/university disciplinary Hearings. Our firm represents fraternities and sorority members in disciplinary Hearings at the following California colleges and universities:

  • (University of California System)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside (UCR)
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
  • (California State University System)
  • California Maritime Academy
  • California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
  • California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona)
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Fresno (Fresno State)
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM)
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • Humboldt State University
  • San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • San Francisco State University (SFSU)
  • San Jose State University (SJSU)
  • Sonoma State University
  • (Private Colleges and Universities)
  • Chapman University
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Occidental College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • Stanford University
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Francisco (USF)
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of the Pacific
  • Whittier College
  • Woodbury University

California Fraternity and Sorority Hazing Defense Attorney

Hazing remains the most controversial and covered topic in the media for fraternity and sorority disciplinary allegations at California colleges and universities. Despite national fraternity and sorority Greek Life Organizations promoting risk management policies, Hazing allegations emerge every year on California college and university campuses. Hazing allegations can result in college Administrative Law disciplinary action, civil lawsuits and even criminal charges against fraternities, sororities and their members. When fraternity and sorority members are accused of Hazing, national fraternity and sorority organizations are ill equipped to advise their chapters and members. Upon notice of Hazing allegations, it is recommended that fraternities, sororities and their members seek legal representation from a California Fraternity and Sorority Hazing Defense Lawyer.

California Fraternity and Sorority Criminal Investigations 

Public universities in California generally maintain campus police departments with full law enforcement authority. Private universities in California may or may not have campus police departments with full police powers. However, all colleges, universities and Greek Organizations in California maintain close working relationships with local law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office. Colleges and universities in California do not hesitate to conduct referral criminal investigations to the appropriate police and prosecutorial agencies, particularly if the alleged criminal conduct involves fraternity members and sorority members. Fraternity and sorority members are often investigated for the following criminal offenses on college campuses in California:

  • Accessory to a Crime After the Fact
  • Assault
  • Attempted Murder arising from Hazing
  • Battery
  • Building Code Violations
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Threats
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Drug Dealing
  • DUI
  • Extortion
  • Hate Crimes
  • Hazing
  • Involuntary Manslaughter arising from Hazing
  • Murder arising from Hazing
  • Municipal Code Violations
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Possession of a Knife
  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Prostitution
  • Providing Alcohol to Minors
  • Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Battery
  • Trespass
  • Vandalism
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Voluntary Manslaughter arising from Hazing

Criminal investigations and criminal charges can have a profound impact on an individual’s future. Fraternity brothers and sorority sisters are often the subject of criminal investigations at California colleges and universities. The criminal offenses listed above are serious and may have life long consequences. These consequences can include expulsion from a college/university, lost job opportunities, and significant jail time. California Fraternity and Sorority members facing college and university criminal investigations require an experienced California Fraternity and Sorority Defense Attorney for representation.