No violation here
You were heard and cleared and your record shows that is the case
A university is well within its rights to place an "administrative" hold so long as a hearing and investigation and conclusion follows.
I'm confused. You said UM investigated and found that you had not committed a violation. Are you asking about potential past damages? Or are you still on hold for some reason?
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They may well have violated your rights, but if you were not damaged in a clear and significant way, you really would have no remedy in any event. Chalk it up to a big arrogant organization ignoring the rights of others, and move on. Good Luck.
The conduct you are complaining about is standard procedure among virtually all colleges and universities throughout the United States, private and public, and has never been held to be unlawful on any theory. There are strong legitimate reasons for the university's actions. Your rights to administrative due process -- which are in fact very minimal in these circumstances -- do not require that the university freeze in place as to you. Pending the adjudication of a matter for which you have administrative due process rights, the university can suspend you, decline to re-enroll you, decline to certify or distribute your transcript, decline to grade your work or register any grade for completed work, decline to implement course or degree credit, and issue you orders to remain off campus or otherwise limit your university-related conduct. The list of what the university cannot do would be the much shorter one.
Even if the university had overstepped its authority here, the fact that you were exonerated by the administrative procedure would make any such error harmless.
You would not have been happy to have your transcript circulated while there were misconduct charges pending. The transcript would have stated that fact.
Re your panic attack and whether you could feel like you would get a fair hearing: helping you to manage your feelings realistically is one of your attorney's responsibilities. The university is not legally responsible for the fact that there was a complaint made against you, nor for the fact that the complaint merited investigation and referral to the fact-finding process. You had rights to a process, but no right to be exempt from the process in the face of a complaint.
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