Olentangy School District
Representation for Juveniles Facing Allegations
Students today live in a much different world than their parents did. In a landscape littered with liability, legal risks, and major consequences, young people accused of misconduct by or involving Ohio school districts like Olentangy Local, proven representation is critical to navigating unfamiliar proceedings.
If your child has been implicated in any accusation within the Olentangy Local School District, a front-footed approach can ensure their rights are protected, the processes by which claims are investigated or adjudicated kept in check, and the penalties at stake reduced or avoided as much as possible.
Protecting Your Child’s Rights, Freedom & Future
The Koffel Law Firm represents students in criminal and administrative matters – and has a particular focus on high school and college cases involving youth, adolescents, and young adults whose futures come under fire following serious allegations and high-stakes proceedings, including:
- Juvenile Crimes
- Harassment and hazing
- Sexual misconduct
- High school sex crimes
- Assault and violence
- Intimidation / threats
- Substance use
- Dangerous weapons / damage of property
Limiting Exposure to Life-Altering Consequences
Amid the #MeToo movement, prolific Title IX publicity, and high-profile cases, schools face immense pressure to properly handle alleged conduct violations. Unfortunately, overzealousness, concerns about reputation and image, and a patchwork of convoluted policies and guidelines can jeopardize students’ rights and create challenges in these cases, including:
- Non-compliance with due process policies
- Improper investigations and evidence collection / retention
- Failures to comply with reporting / disciplinary procedures
- Retaliation or privacy / confidentiality violations
- Risks of administrative penalties, suspension, and expulsion
- Loss of scholarships / reduced opportunities for college and higher education
- Exposure to ancillary investigations
- Referrals to law enforcement / criminal charges and convictions
The risks inherent to administrative or disciplinary proceedings cannot be understated – and they can close doors and opportunities for your son or daughter’s future before they ever have a chance to open them. Call (614) 675-4845 to speak with an attorney.
Student Disciplinary Proceedings in Olentangy Schools
The Olentangy School District, Delaware County, serves a number of local communities and townships through its operation of:
- 15 Elementary Schools
5 Middle Schools
- Olentangy Hyatts Middle School (OHMS)
- Olentangy Liberty Middle School (OLMS)
- Olentangy Orange Middle School (OOMS)
- Olentangy Berkshire Middle School (OBMS)
- Olentangy Shanahan Middle School (OSMS)
4 High Schools
- Olentangy Liberty High School
- Olentangy Orange High School
- Olentangy High School
- Olentangy Berlin High School
Olentangy Schools have policies addressing student conduct and the process by which any allegations are investigated, adjudicated, and penalized. These include many policies pursuant to Title IX and sexual harassment / misconduct, and policies established by the Olentangy Board of Education, school administrators and Compliance Officers, and other state of federal laws.
Administrative proceedings ARE NOT governed by the same rules and procedures as those which govern the criminal justice system, and DO NOT provide for the same rights and protections for the accused. In fact, they largely skew in favor of schools and campus safety – during both informal and formal complaint processes, interviews and questioning, and requests for evidence.
Juvenile Court Cases
Any matter arising from a School District report, complaint, or disciplinary action may also result in referrals to law enforcement for further investigation. In some cases, faculty and administrators are obligated to report – especially when issues concern alleged sex crimes.
Criminal courts, while governed by statutory law and a higher burden of proof, still expose young students to very serious penalties. Though students may be charged with crimes as juveniles, there is the possibility of prosecution as an adult. Additionally, Ohio makes sex offender registration mandatory for 16-17 year olds, and discretionary for 14-15 year olds.
Call (614) 675-4845 For a Free and Confidential Consultation
The Koffel Law Firm is available to speak with parents who have questions regarding administrative proceedings and juvenile crime in Olentangy Local School District and any K-12 school or collegiate institution in Ohio. Contact us to discuss your matter.