There's an interesting question over at Law.SE on the possibility of suing a university over what the OP saw as unfair disciplinary practices. I have often wondered...
Is there a type of professional or professional practice related to advising or representing students and/or faculty within the context of internal disciplinary procedures?
As a concrete example, let us assume that Mary was expelled for allegedly falsifying data for her thesis. Mary contests this.
- If she sues in civil court, she should consult an appropriately-qualified, local attorney.
- But if she instead takes her argument directly to the university's disciplinary committee, she will need someone with an in-depth knowledge of the policies, procedures, rules of evidence, witness disqualification criteria, time limits, etc. that are internal to the university. This person could scrutinize the investigation in-depth and "beat them at their own game" by pointing out how the evidence, according to university policy, should be seen in her favor or does not meet the internal requirements for expulsion.
Another example might be a purely advisory context: perhaps one is considering a romantic liaison with a student, and is wondering whether this could affect their employment.
Does such a professional or service exist? Is this a domain of highly specialized "regular" lawyers? Is there a separate professional practice for academic advisors?
- This is a general question; I'm not currently facing a situation on which I need advice.
- If necessary, we can limit the scope of the question to academic misconduct (plagiarism, falsifying data, cheating on exams, etc.) rather than personal misconduct.
- I will tag this as US to further limit the scope, but I'm certainly interested in any answers, regardless of the location.