College is a place where you should feel comfortable and safe. Unfortunately, that’s not always going to be the case. Students come from all over the world, so it’s not uncommon for people to experience conflicts over culture, personality, personal habits and more.
Everybody has to take steps to protect their own interests and learn how to stay safe when they’re at college — and that includes making sure that understand the consequences of criminal behavior, what can happen if you’re charged with a crime and how to avoid ever putting yourself in that position.
What happens if you’re accused of a crime on campus?
If you’re accused of committing a crime on campus, a few different things could happen. You could:
- Face trouble with the authorities and be charged with a crime
- Be dropped from your career program/degree
- Lose your position in clubs or on athletic teams
- Be suspended
- Be expelled
- Lose your financial aid
If you’re convicted, the consequences of your actions can follow you well beyond college and affect your future opportunities in a highly negative fashion.
What can you do to avoid being accused of a crime on campus?
One good tip is to avoid placing yourself in compromising positions. For example, if you are interested in another student romantically, it’s best not to interact with them in that manner when they’re intoxicated. If you like someone, don’t follow them around campus; tell them and ask for their contact information. If they refuse, then leave them alone.
When you interact with others at parties or events, don’t go alone. It’s always a good idea to have friends with you, so they can support your story if you face accusations of criminal acts later on.
Protect yourself against unfair allegations of assault, theft or other actions by being cautious. If you are accused, talk to an experienced attorney about how to defend your case.