Student Issues

Overview

Our attorneys assist districts on a daily basis in handling a myriad of student-related issues, including student discipline, student records, student residency and custody issues. In the realm of student discipline, we recognize that not all matters require legal counsel. However, in tough situations where counsel is needed, we have represented districts in all aspects of the discipline process, e.g., initial investigation, provision of due process, board-level appeal hearings, and hearings in the court of common pleas. We also assist districts in responding to requests for access to or revision of educational records. Finally, we work with districts in residency and custody matters ranging from routine review of court documents to residency hearings.

Experience

The Student Issues group’s rexperience and services include the following:

  • Representation of school districts in student discipline proceedings before boards of education, appointed designees and in appeals to court.
  • Representation of school districts in federal court litigation involving alleged violations of constitutional rights and Section 1983 (e.g., bullying, harassment, etc.)
  • Representation of school districts in special education discipline situations – including due process hearings involving student discipline issues.
  • Counsels school districts regarding residency and custody disputes – including matters before the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Assists school districts with responses to requests for voluminous educational records.
  • Counsels school districts regarding obligations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Counsels school districts on student issues related to technology and off-campus conduct.

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