Legal Matters Related to International Students
Despite the status as an international student, international students can sue and can be sued in a civil court of justice. The legal proceedings will depend on the alleged felony, the court where the complaint was filed or where the arrest warrant originated.
An international student involved in criminal activity put his/her visa status into jeopardy. The Unites States Judicial System treats U.S. citizens and non-immigrants equally. Therefore, an international student has the same right to an attorney and to have his/her rights explained in a case of arrest – (Miranda Rights.) The international student is also protected from unlawful search and seizure. Some of these general rights conflict at times with some Department of Homeland Security mandates.
In case of arrest, an international student should notify the ISO immediately with the incident and process to hire an attorney.
If the felony committed is also considered a violation of the Honor Code or other regulations enforced by the College, the Honor Code Office will proceed in accordance with the College’s procedures and policies. The Manager of the International Student Office will participate in the procedure, if deemed necessary.
If the felony is not considered a violation to the Honor Code, the College will observe the proceedings and make the necessary adjustments to comply with the court mandates.
Please be aware all these rules, processes, and policies are in place to protect our international students and to assure a better experience. International students are encouraged to contact the ISO of uncertainties, questions, and to seek clarification of procedures and policies he/she may not understand.