3 steps to navigating an administrative hearing at your college

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2023 | Criminal Defense

College is a time of fun and exploration for many people. Unfortunately, that fun can sometimes end up with a criminal charge against you.

When your college finds out about your criminal charge, they may file an administrative hearing to address it. Finding yourself in a situation where your college schedules an administrative hearing because of a criminal charge can be both concerning and overwhelming. It is essential to understand the process and take appropriate steps to protect your rights and navigate the situation effectively.

1. Understand the process

To begin, familiarize yourself with the administrative hearing process at your college. Review the institution’s policies and procedures regarding disciplinary actions and hearings. Understand the specific charges against you and the potential consequences you may face.

2. Gather information and evidence

Before the administrative hearing, gather all relevant information and evidence related to your case. This may include:

  • Police reports
  • Witness statements
  • Any other documentation that supports your defense

Compile a clear and concise summary of the facts surrounding the criminal charge to present during the hearing. Ensure that you have all necessary documentation organized and readily accessible.

3. Prepare for the Administrative Hearing

Carefully review your college’s policies and regulations pertaining to administrative hearings. Understand the specific guidelines, deadlines and procedures you need to follow. Develop a well-structured and persuasive defense strategy. Clearly articulate your side of the story, present any evidence supporting your innocence or mitigating circumstances and emphasize any positive contributions you have made to the college community. Practice and rehearse your statements and responses to potential questions. Consider conducting mock hearings with a trusted friend or advisor to refine your arguments and boost your confidence.

During the Administrative Hearing

In a Minnesota administrative hearing, follow these guidelines:

  • Remain calm and respectful throughout the administrative hearing
  • Stay focused on presenting your case clearly and concisely, addressing any questions or concerns raised
  • Adhere to the guidelines and instructions provided by the hearing officer or panel

Remember to cooperate fully and provide any requested documentation or information promptly.

Facing an administrative hearing at your Minnesota college due to a criminal charge can be a daunting experience, but remember that the administrative hearing provides an opportunity to present your side of the story and protect your rights.