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What are the rights of students regarding expulsion?

Moving to college is an exciting time in the life of every student. It is a time where many experience a sense of freedom, make new friends and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes, students may make imprudent choices, leading to trouble with the school, the law or both. At this point, he or she may face the threat of expulsion or a disciplinary hearing.

If your child is facing an expulsion hearing or the school already expelled him or her, you may be wondering if you should step in as the parent. If you become involved, how should you proceed? You may find it beneficial to learn about these types of proceedings and determine whether it will be helpful to secure legal counsel from a defense attorney. Your child’s future education and long-term opportunities could be at stake.

The role of parents

When a student does something that violates the institution’s code of conduct or breaks a major school rule, the school may determine that a student should not remain on campus or a part of educational programs. As the parent, you have the right to secure legal counsel and challenge this decision. Your student has the right to due process, and you can fight unfair grounds for expulsion or ask for a hearing where you can voice your concerns.

A student has the right to a hearing before a board of trustees or a disciplinary board. With the help of your attorney, you can question witnesses and review any documentation used against your student. The outcome of this hearing could affect your student long-term, and it’s in your interests to proceed with appropriate legal help.

The expulsion process

The school must build a legitimate case for expelling a student, including using witness statements and other types of evidence to prove this step was appropriate. An administrator may conduct interviews and may ask witnesses to testify during a hearing. If you suspect your student’s expulsion was without grounds, the process used by the administration was unfair or you suspect your child experienced a violation of his or her rights, you have the right to fight back.

An expulsion from a college or university will have a negative impact on your child’s future. As a parent, you want to protect his or her interests. If you learn your child is in trouble with school administration, you may want to seek the guidance of an experienced Wisconsin defense attorney.

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