Our attorneys participate in student discipline hearings before Boards of Trustees, and advise building and central level administrators on matters of student discipline. Issues most commonly encountered include removal of a student from the regular educational program, suspension, expulsion and placement in an alternative education center or juvenile justice facility. The firm also drafts and reviews district policies, such as drug and alcohol use and mandatory/permissive expulsion.
Leasor Crass’s team of attorneys counsel districts with regard to the applicability of criminal law in the student discipline setting, discipline issues regarding special education students, requirements regarding notification and disclosure of student records to appropriate authorities, and handling requests for information from the media. The firm also advises and represents school districts in expulsion appeals to district court and other general litigation.
Additionally, the firm conducts in-service presentations for administrators, superintendents and board members regarding student discipline. Topics include legal issues involved in due process requirements, use of charge forms and notification letters, presentation of cases at building level and on appeal, presentation of cases before the board of trustees, and expulsion appeals to district court.