Schools have strict disciplinary rules regarding behavior like fighting, possession of drugs or alcohol, having weapons on campus, and making threats. Being accused of any of these offenses can lead to an expulsion from school. How should a student deal with an expulsion hearing? Read on to find out what the process is and what to expect.
Students may be suspended from attending classes pending an evaluation of whether the offense warrants an expulsion. If the school determines that an expulsion is appropriate, the school will notify the student in writing.
Any time a student is recommended for expulsion from school, a hearing must be held. At the hearing, the student will be given the opportunity to tell their side of the story. At this time, it is important for the student to make the best presentation of their side of the facts.
Yes. The school will get the chance to present evidence that they feel justifies expelling the student.
The defense strategy is unique to the disciplinary violation and the evidence against them. There is a lot of preparation that goes into an expulsion hearing. I often start with obtaining copies of records, discuss potential witness statements and questioning, fight to include or exclude evidence, and even write opening and closing statements along with the arguments against expulsion.
Students are given an opportunity to appeal the expulsion from school. It is difficult to appeal, and I always recommend a student involve a lawyer early on who handles school expulsions.
Expulsion is a time limited process. An experienced school expulsion lawyer may be able to negotiate a reduced punishment based on the situation.
Schools may be more agreeable to reducing a disciplinary sentence if a lawyer is present. An experienced school expulsion lawyer can help you craft the best defense possible, make sure that that the school follows its policies and procedures, make legal arguments and even negotiate on the student’s behalf.
Richard Asselta is an award-winning lawyer experienced in defending students facing an expulsion from school. He is experienced in defending all types of student disciplinary issues including all violations that could lead to a school expulsion. Call The Education Lawyers today for a free consultation and protect your future. (855) 338-5299
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