University Charges

Students facing charges from the university can seek assistance from Student Defenders employed by the Undergraduate Legal Aid Office. Student Defenders are specially trained to answer your questions and act as your representative at hearings, should you want them to.

Charges can fall under any of three categories: Academic Integrity, Student Conduct, and Rights and Responsibilities.

For information on the intake process or to view Frequently Asked Questions see the navigation bar on the right side of the screen. For a link to the Office of Student Conduct, or to view the Code of Academic Integrity and University Policies visit the links page.


The Process


Student Defenders assist undergraduate students facing charges from the university. Defenders cannot accompany students to a Preliminary Interview, but they can provide advice before the interview takes place. Regardless of whether a student has attended a Preliminary Interview, it is helpful to bring all relevant documentation to the first meeting.

What To Expect

Student Defenders hold walk-in hours from 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Students do not need an appointment for an initial visit; after a Defender has been assigned to the case appointments can be made as needed. The intake process begins with a discussion of the details surrounding the University Charges. It is important that students are honest and up front about their situation. This will assist the Defender in providing you with recommendations on the best course of action for your case. When representing students before a hearing board, the Student Defenders will seek to ensure the judicial process is fair and impartial.


Make an Appointment

Student Legal Aid Office

  • 3125 South Campus Dining Hall University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 (301) 314-7756

Regular School Year Hours

Student Defenders are available to provide assistance for university charges 10-4 Monday through Friday.

For Legal Help

Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm. Walk-ins are also welcome. *Note: The attorney is not always available, so please call before you visit.

Winter and Summer Hours

The office is generally open M-F 10-4, but please call prior to visiting.