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Alcohol and Drug Conduct Code Violations on College Campuses

While experimenting with alcohol or drugs plays a major part in campus life across the nation in colleges and universities, you may face serious penalties from your school if you are caught using drugs or alcohol. Even if you were off campus at the time, you can still face disciplinary proceedings at your school. Colleges and universities have student conduct codes in place that address alcohol and drugs. You may be charged with a violation of your school’s conduct code for possessing alcohol as a minor; possessing, selling or distributing drugs; or being intoxicated while you are on campus. If you are facing a disciplinary proceeding at your school for violating the school’s conduct code, you may need legal help. While college disciplinary proceedings may not seem as formal as criminal court proceedings, they are structured in such a way that the likelihood of being found guilty of a conduct violation is high.

Potential Consequences of Alcohol or Drug Conduct Violations

There are many potential consequences that you may suffer if you are found guilty of violating your school’s conduct codes for drugs or alcohol. If you are found guilty of a drug violation, you may lose your financial aid and your ability to receive federal educational loans in the future. You may also lose any scholarships that you have, and you may be kicked out of student housing. In the worst-case scenario, you may be expelled from your college. These disciplinary proceedings are high-stakes hearings in reality because they have the potential of disrupting your education and your future career. An adjudication of conduct code violations for alcohol or drugs will also be placed on your academic records, meaning that you may have greater difficulty finding employment in the future.

How an Attorney Might Help

University hearing boards are normally made up of faculty and students who often do not have any legal training. This means that they may not be aware of certain legal protections that you should have and that they should observe. At many of these hearings, it is common for the rules that are used to be slanted against your rights. The disciplinary hearing board may approach your case as if you are guilty before you even arrive, ignoring that you should be considered to be innocent until you are proven guilty. This may result in your receiving an outcome that is unfair to you.

It is very important for you to contact an experienced attorney as soon as you learn that you are facing a college disciplinary proceeding for violations of your school’s alcohol or drug conduct codes. If your case involves drug possession, distribution or sales allegations, you may also end up facing criminal charges. In this situation, having an attorney is highly important because anything that you say in your school’s disciplinary proceeding may be later used against you in your criminal case. Your attorney may work to protect your rights in your hearing in order to ensure that it is a fair proceeding. At the hearing, he or she may call witnesses who are favorable to you, present evidence on your behalf and cross-examine any witnesses who testify against you. Your lawyer may also object to witness statements, pieces of evidence that are being used against you or to questions that do not comport with the legal requirements of the rules of evidence.

While facing a disciplinary proceeding at your college or university may seem overwhelming, having an attorney on your side to advocate for you can help you to navigate through the process. It is important for you to seek help as soon as possible. When you retain a lawyer early in the process, your lawyer may be better equipped to investigate the allegations and to build a strong defense to the charges on your behalf. You may also be able to secure a more successful outcome with your lawyer’s help than you might be able to receive on your own. Schedule your consultation today to learn more about the rights that you have in your case.

Past Client Testimonials

Past Client Testimonials

I am a student who was falsely accused of a Title IX offense. At first, I thought I could handle the school’s procedures by myself without an attorney, but things started getting complicated. At that point, I knew I needed professional help. Even though I was falsely accused, the procedure needs an expert to navigate through the school’s rules. Scott has confidence due to his experience in Title IX cases in other universities who all have different rules and procedures regarding Title IX.  Scott was always available to answer my calls and text messages. He gave 110% into my preparation and defense hearing, and met with me several times to go over any questions and concerns my family and I had. He would listen to everyone’s thoughts and told us the right way to go about my case. As a student, I would highly recommend Scott for representation in any kind of defense and/or Title IX cases.


Mr. Limmer was very professional, knowledgeable and reassuring during a very unsettling time for my son (and family). Scott has experience in dealing with college based disciplinary claims and was very available to both my son and myself to offer practical, wise advice. He was easy and very 'real' to talk to, helping my son get the best outcome from a difficult situation. We appreciated his help and would recommend him without hesitation.


Our son was falsely accused of Title IX violations at college. His future was at stake. We knew we needed to hire the right lawyer to defend him. We hired Scott and not only did he defend and advise him, but we won the case and all charges were dropped! The cost of hiring him was an excellent investment. Scott was honest, professional, extremely knowledgeable and the right man for the job. He made my son comfortable throughout the terrifying experience. Highly recommend him.


I worked with Mr. Limmer on a school title ix hearing case. The chances of winning these cases is very slim because of preponderance of evidence, which makes it impossible for the defendant to prove themselves. Mr. Limmer stood by me throughout the process and guided me at each step on how to go through the process and prepare a solid defense. We worked on it together and result was ruled in our favor. He's really experienced in this area and knows long island schools well


It is with great pleasure that I am writing this review of attorney Scott Limmer.  The college academic disciplinary process was confusing and seemed to be a process that is unfair and finds students guilty. I strongly suggest that if one finds themselves in this type of situation they would seek out Scott Limmer, a qualified professional who protects the rights of students and is well versed in academic college procedure.  I am grateful for the legal advice Scott Limmer provided to me and my daughter every step of the way as it lead to a favorable outcome and prevented my daughter from having a tarnished academic record. Scott was supportive and responsive to me as a parent as well as my daughter. I highly recommend Scott Limmer as he was honest, knowledgeable, and informative throughout this whole process. We are forever grateful to Scott Limmer.

AnonymousAccused of Academic Dishonesty. Was found not responsible 

Scott was super helpful in helping me defend myself against accusations my school made against me. I wasn’t allowed to have an lawyer represent me for me school hearing as is common. But we spent days going over the evidence and preparing my statements and making sure I had valid arguments to make as well as answers to any questions I may be asked. The statements he wrote for me and the trial prep we did was crucial in my case and lead to a favorable outcome. I would highly recommend.

AnonymousCharged with Academic Misconduct. Was found not responsible. 

I am a Long Island college student who was wrongly accused amongst others for academic dishonesty based on a professor’s assumptions. I researched lawyers and was fortunate to find Scott Limmer who is an excellent academic disciplinary attorney. Scott was an amazing attorney who made me feel comfortable throughout this difficult process. He was always available to answer any questions I had and offered expert legal advice every step of the way.  He prepared me extensively for the hearing, going over the evidence and arguments for weeks prior to the hearing date.  I am so grateful that I had Scott Limmer as my attorney and I would highly recommend him. With his legal guidance, I was fortunate to receive a favorable outcome as I was found not responsible for academic dishonesty and I received my final grade for the class with no penalty.