According to the Charter of the Student Disciplinary System, an attorney who is not a member of the University community may not act as an advisor for a student unless “criminal charges are pending against a respondent, or, in the judgment of the Office of the University’s General Counsel, are reasonably in prospect...” § I.D.7.b.

When an attorney is involved in the OSC process, the attorney's role is that of an advisor, not an advocate for the student. The student is expected to speak for him or herself.

Throughout the process, an attorney acting as a respondent’s advisor is “expected to observe the procedures of [the] Charter and comply fully and promptly with decisions of the Disciplinary Hearing Officer [who oversees hearings] or other University officials... in the same manner expected of members of the University Community.” § I.D.7.b.