College is a big adjustment. If a student gets poor grades or gets caught cheating or plagiarizing, they can face a suspension by their university. What happens if you are suspended from college? Read on for advice from an attorney for college students.
Can I appeal the suspension from school?
Yes. Each university has their own appeal procedures, but the student is given a final chance at fighting a suspension from school. Students must check the student handbook and locate the appeal policies and procedures. Once you find the policies and procedures, pay careful attention to deadlines and submission criteria for a student appeal
What should I write about my appeal of the suspension from school?
Depending on why you were suspended there are two general themes students should highlight.Suspended for low GPA Students must have followed the grade appeal procedure prior to appeal the suspension. If you were academically suspended and did not file a grade appeal first, they may not consider your suspension appeal at all. Schools can be very strict when it comes to following their procedures. Click here for information on how to write a grade appeal. Suspended for code of conduct violation If you were found responsible for cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration or other code of conduct violation, your appeal will need to focus on some specific issues. I always recommend focusing on policy and procedural violations and then move on to other issues. Click here for more details regarding appeals for code of conduct violations.
Do you have accommodations or medical exceptions in college? That makes a difference.
If you receive education accommodations like extra time on tests or other accommodations, make sure that your accommodations were met. If the professor ignored your needs, that is grounds for appeal. Additionally, if you have medical accommodations and had extraordinary medical issues during a semester, that is an important point to make in an appeal.
Recommendations from an attorney for college students
Get an attorney who represents college students involved as quickly as possible. The student has a better chance at fighting a suspension before the school has issued the suspension. If low GPA or grades is the reason a student is facing suspension, students should be notified before the suspension takes place that they are at risk or on probation. If the suspension was the result of a code of conduct violation, a student should involve a college defense attorney as soon as they are accused of a violation for help during the academic hearing process.
Your education is on the line. Fight back with everything you have.
Can you help all college students fight a school suspension?
Yes. I assist students all over the country fight suspension from college. Having an attorney help you plan your defenses, request records, comb through university policies, and even write an appeal of the suspension gives students a huge advantage. A lawyer with expertise fighting college suspensions will put the student in the best position for success.Richard Asselta is an award-winning college student defense lawyer who offers student defense adviser services throughout the United States. He is experienced in defending all types of college issues including writing student suspension appeals. Call Asselta Law today for a free consultation and protect your future. 855-338-5299 Click here to read what clients are saying about Richard Asselta on AVVO, a lawyer review website.