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Can a private school expel me for no reason? Education Lawyer Advice

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2017

Many students attend private K-12 schools and private colleges and universities. Typically, parents and students make financial sacrifices to remain enrolled. What happens when things go wrong? The school could ask you to leave or essentially expel you, but is it legal?

What types of issues could get you expelled or dismissed from a private school?

  1. Misconduct or Discipline – Private schools may have a very strict and short disciplinary procedure. After even the first incident of misconduct or behavior that requires discipline, they could dismiss or expel a student. Misconduct and discipline steps should be outlined in the school handbook.
  2. Poor grades – Schools can dismiss or expel you for a low GPA or even for failing a class. They may have strict guidelines in their handbook about what grades you must maintain to remain in school.
  3. Tuition Payments – If you owe the school money, they often have a short grace period to make your account current. If you do not, you or your child could face dismissal or expulsion.
  4. A disagreement between student, staff or administration – If a school feels like a student is just not the right fit – that could be reason enough for a private school to dismiss or expel. Likewise, if the relationship between the parents and the school becomes unpleasant, the school may ask the parents dis-enroll their child.

Is there anything I can do if a private school dismisses or expels me?

Maybe. Your recourse depends on whether the school followed its handbook and if they gave you the proper notice. Private schools have a great deal of power when it comes to policy and procedure. Often times, you agree to all of their rules once you accept placement. I recommend consulting with an education lawyer to review your school contract and determine if there is a recourse to get you back in, or possibly to receive a refund for all or part of the tuition.Click here to read our blog post on suing a private school and possible issues when suing a private school. Richard Asselta is an award-winning education lawyer with offices in both Florida and New Jersey. He is experienced in defending all types of student disciplinary issues including dismissals and expulsions. Call The Education Lawyers today for a free consultation and protect your educational future. (855) 338-5299