Can you get kicked out of college for being arrested?

Can you get kicked out of college for being arrested?

Getting arrested is scary for anyone, but it can be especially worrisome if you’re a college student because your future is closely tied to your education. Although it’s understandable that you might be really concerned, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no.

tulane campus policeThe future of your college career following an arrest depends on a multitude of factors, including the seriousness of your alleged offense and the school’s code of conduct as it pertains to an arrest.

Here’s some information that will help give you a better idea of whether or not you’re at risk for a suspension – or possibly expulsion.

Outcomes depend on student codes of conduct

can you get kicked out of college for being arrestedEach school in Louisiana has its own specific code of student conduct which contains policies on how students are disciplined if they’re arrested. The school can take several different actions, but punishments will typically be more severe based on the severity of the crime.

Each school in Louisiana has its own specific code of student conduct which contains policies on how students are disciplined if they’re arrested. The school can take several different actions, but punishments will typically be more severe based on the severity of the crime. 

Consequences at LSU and Loyola

If you’re a student at one of these schools and you’re arrested, you might be subject to one of the following actions.

Disciplinary probation

If you’ve been charged with a relatively minor offense, you may face probation. At LSU this typically means the loss of certain privileges like being barred from intramural athletics or study abroad programs, or possibly even being removed from your dorm. First-time violators will typically be put on probation for one or two semesters if their transgression wasn’t serious. 

Suspension

can you get kicked out of lsu for being arrestedLSU reserves the right to suspend a student following an arrest. A suspension will last for at least one semester but could be for several years. During this time, the student won’t be allowed to step foot on campus without written permission from either the Dean of Students or the Department of Student Advocacy & Accountability. 

Expulsion

Loyola University New Orleans, like any school, may permanently expel a student. If you’re expelled, that’s obviously it – you’ll have to either appeal the expulsion, or you’ll have to find another school.

When you’re applying to a new college, you’ll have to tell them you were expelled. If you withhold information regarding your expulsion, your new school could also expel you. 

Consequences at Tulane and Louisiana Tech

Tulane

tulane university campusTulane University takes arrests very seriously. These are just some of the potential consequences that are found in the school’s code of conduct.

Revocation or withholding of admission or degree

Tulane can either deny admission or withhold your degree – the one you worked so hard to earn. Tulane even reserves the right to revoke that degree if your offense is serious enough.

Contact restrictions

If you’re a Tulane student and you’re arrested, you might have to face “no contact” limitations. This means you can’t interact with certain groups or people, and you’ll lose access to specific areas of campus.

Housing restrictions

An arrest could mean losing your dorm or being relocated to another form of housing.

Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech is just as tough. Here are a few potential disciplinary actions that could stem from an arrest.

louisiana tech campusSuspension of motor vehicle use on campus

You might not be allowed to drive your car within the boundaries of the Louisiana Tech campus if you’ve been arrested, depending on the reason for your arrest. You can’t even have a friend drive your car for you, with you in the passenger seat.

Areas placed off-limits

If you’re arrested, you might not be able to go to the Student Center, concert events on campus, or athletic events–that means no football games.

Arrested and worried you’ll be kicked out of school? We can help.

As you can see, the consequences of an arrest can be devastating for a college student in Louisiana. The stakes are high, so you’re going to need the help of an attorney to have the best chance of avoiding those dire consequences. 

Speak with a Lake Charles criminal defense lawyer from The Johnson Firm. We will listen to the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and we may be able to fight on your behalf to clear your name and help you continue your education in the process. Don’t hesitate to call (337) 433-1414 or use our online contact form to learn more.

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