A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) conviction can potentially have consequences that impact someone’s college education. As a result, current students, aspiring students and the parents of young adults need to understand the potential consequences of a conviction.
When it comes to criminal defense matters – and collegiate disciplinary challenges – knowledge is power.
Disciplinary actions by a college or university
Colleges and universities typically have codes of conduct that students must adhere to, and a DUI conviction can be considered a violation of these codes. Depending on the severity of the offense and the institution’s policies, disciplinary actions may be taken, which can have implications for the student’s education:
- Suspension or Expulsion: In more severe cases, a college may opt to suspend or expel a student who has been convicted of a DUI. This can lead to a significant interruption in their education or even termination of their enrollment.
- Probation or Restrictions: In other instances, a student may be placed on probation or subjected to certain restrictions, such as mandatory counseling or education programs related to alcohol or substance abuse. These requirements may impact the student’s ability to focus on their studies or participate fully in college life.
Colleges don’t always allow students to have lawyers present during disciplinary actions, but seeking legal guidance proactively can help to prepare a student for such interventions.
Financing and future opportunities
A DUI conviction can also have consequences related to scholarships, financial aid and future opportunities in the following ways:
- Scholarships: Many scholarships have strict requirements regarding conduct and may have provisions that allow for termination or suspension of funding if a student is convicted of a DUI. Losing a scholarship can result in financial strain and affect the student’s ability to continue their education.
- Financial Aid: A DUI conviction can impact a student’s eligibility for certain types of financial aid, such as federal student loans or grants.
- Internships and Employment: Certain internships, especially those in fields that require a clean driving record or have strict moral character expectations, may become inaccessible to individuals with a DUI conviction. Additionally, some employers may consider a DUI conviction as a negative factor during the hiring process, potentially limiting future employment opportunities.
It is important for students facing a DUI conviction to be aware of their college’s policies, talk to their academic advisors and seek legal guidance after being charged with impaired driving. Being proactive can help to mitigate the consequences that a college student may face as a result of their circumstances.