Students of all ages make mistakes. Middle and high school students can be suspended or expelled for several reasons. If a student is suspended for more than 10 days or is recommended for expulsion from school, they must be given the chance to defend themselves. What happens if you lose the suspension or expulsion hearing? You need to appeal the decision. Read on for student suspension and expulsion appeal tips from an appeal lawyer for students.
Students that are found responsible for a code of conduct violation that leads to a long-term suspension or expulsion from school can appeal the decision. Code of conduct violations vary by school district, but some examples are:
The formatting of each appeal depends on the reason the student was suspended or expelled. The appeal should follow the situation chronologically and lay out each issue clearly. Try to think of an outline.
You need to make arguments that fit into the specific appeal categories. Things like procedural errors and failure to follow disciplinary guidelines are some of the more common violations.
While it can’t be guaranteed that an attorney for K-12 students will be able to get a student back in school, it certainly increases the chances. Appealing a suspension or expulsion from school requires a technical eye and experience spotting for issues. A well-written appeal can make a powerful impact on decision makers.
Richard Asselta is an award-winning suspension and expulsion appeal lawyer. Richard writes appeals for middle and high school students facing discipline in school. Click here to read our public school and private school practice areas. Click here for information regarding level IV disciplinary infractions.
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