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So, you’ve been charged with…

Click the links above to find information on VA laws that may be applicable to your situation. This information was provided and compiled by Student Legal Services.
Please be aware that the College holds students accountable for off-campus citations and students should be prepared to go through the student conduct process as well.


What can W&M’s Student Legal Services do for me?

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Student Legal Services (SLS) is a student-run and student-staffed organization that provides free legal service information to all William & Mary students, faculty, and staff. Students from the William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law volunteer to work one hour shifts during the office’s operating hours to assist clients.

What can a SLS volunteer help me with?

  • Research to discover laws that may be applicable to your situation
  • Provide information on how to seek a qualified attorney and other sources of free legal representation

Student Legal Services office is located in the Campus Center, room 166. It is open Monday through Friday. The availability of the volunteers depends on scheduling constraints.To make an appointment call 757.221.3304 or email

Please note, SLS volunteers are law students, not lawyers, and are forbidden from giving you legal advice. Volunteers may do research to discover the law(s) that may be applicable to your situation, but will not apply those laws. It is up to you to pursue the problem on your own. Additionally, SLS will do its best to keep anything told to them confidential, but may have to reveal information in the case of an emergency.


What can W&M’s Student Counsels do for me?

 Student Counsels 

    • What is a student counsel?

A student counsel is a student trained in the student conduct and honor system processes. Student counsels may aid a student in preparing a case and present a case before the panel or administrator. The student chooses the areas and level of involvement of the student counsel.

    • Why would I need a student counsel? 

A student cited for a student conduct or honor code violation is allowed representation from a currently enrolled William and Mary student from the same academic unit (undergraduates may only represent undergraduates, law students may only represent law students, etc). Student counsels are trained in both processes and serve as a more knowledgeable resource for a student. Student counsel representation is optional, and the student’s responsibility to seek the assistance of a student counsel.

    • How can I get in contact with a student counsel?

If you think you will require the help of a student counsel, promptly email In this email, you should include:

        1. Name
        2. Email
        3. Cell phone number

It is not necessary to include any information about your case in this initial email. You will have the opportunity to do so after the student counsel contacts you, usually within 12 hours.



As a student at the College of William and Mary, a member of the Williamsburg community, and a student in the state of Virginia, you have rights that apply to a wide variety of situations. The Department of Student Rights under the Student Assembly aims to act as an advocate on behalf of the students in the college community, spread awareness and promote student knowledge of their rights, and function as a resource for any questions or concerns.

If you or a friend feel that your rights have been violated, or would like to know more, feel free to contact us.

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Note that your privacy is of the utmost importance to us and your submission will be confidential.
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Zann Isacson
Secretary of Student Rights



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