I am attaching a link from a question answered yesterday by a California attorney Christine McCall. Her answer was in response to a student accused of plagiarism--but I believe the bulk of her answer applies to your situation as well in particular because you believe your due process rights have been violated. http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/advice-needed-potential-legal-action-on-plagiarism-1169507.html?ref=answer_question_serp_title_1
If after reading Attorney McCall's excellent discussion of the issues facing students accused of violating school policies, you still feel like you have a due process claim, contact an education attorney in our area and have a discussion about your suit, and your possible need for a criminal defense attorney as well.
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So, they deliberated.
And with what result? Are you expelled? Suspended? Credits and tuition forfeited?
You can't leave the important part of the facts out if you want useful advice.
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It makes a difference whether the school is public or private. Private schools aren't covered by the due process clause, but public schools are.
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