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Need to appeal a suspension or expulsion from middle or high school? Tips from an appeal lawyer for K-12 students.

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.

What is a suspension or expulsion appeal?

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:

  • Major or minor disruption on campus
  • Trespassing
  • Pulling the fire alarm
  • Making false 911 calls
  • Possessing or selling drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Possessing or selling alcohol
  • Selling medication
  • Using or being under the influence of alcohol
  • Using or being under the influence of drugs
  • Fighting
  • Making allegations against students or staff
  • Assault
  • Threats
  • Harassment
  • Bullying
  • Hazing
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Arson or starting a fire on campus
  • Burglary

Where can I find a good example of a student suspension or expulsion appeal?

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.

What should I write about in my suspension or expulsion appeal?

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.

Can an appeal lawyer get middle and high school students back in school?

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.

You get once chance at an appeal. Make it your best.

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.

Call today for a free consultation and get your child back in school.

Click here to read what clients are saying about Richard Asselta on AVVO, a lawyer review website.

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