Higher Education

Our attorneys are available to provide guidance and support to students who have encountered issues at the postsecondary level, including college, graduate and professional (medical, dental, law, nursing, pharmacy, social work) school.

The Supreme Court has held that students do not “shed their constitutional rights… at the schoolhouse gate.” We help students understand and enforce these rights, particularly during hearings, appeals and other proceedings related to school suspensions, expulsions, academic sanctions and other alleged rules violations.

For students with documented disabilities, we will ensure you receive the appropriate accommodations and supports in order to meaningfully access your education.

Areas of Support

Student Conduct Violations – Each college and university has its own code of rules and regulations that it expects all students to abide by. If you are suspected of violating one of these bylaws the school may elect to pursue charges against you. Before taking on this process alone you should speak to a professional who has experience navigating these types of judicial panels. Our attorneys are available to prepare you for the disciplinary process, draft pleadings and provide representation at hearings.

Plagiarism and Academic Sanctions – Postsecondary institutions take allegations of cheating and plagiarism very seriously. Many schools utilize advanced software and other technology in order to identify potential violators. Students alleged to have committed an act of academic misconduct have rights. Our firm has experience defending against honor code charges and can help you reach a favorable outcome.

Appeals – If your college or university has already rendered an adverse decision against you, you may still have the right to appeal. School appeal deadlines typically expire very quickly, often after a matter of days. Our attorneys have years of experience crafting winning arguments, organizing supporting documentation and formulating winning briefs. Contact us immediately to learn how we can assist with your appeal.

Title IX – There is perhaps no more salient issue on today’s college campuses than the rights and responsibilities conferred by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act (Title IX). Stakes have never been higher for students whose safety, reputation and livelihood are on the line. Our attorneys have experience managing Title IX matters from start to finish and can provide expertise during meetings, hearings and appeals. All students have rights under Title IX. Contact our firm to make sure you are exercising yours.

Accommodations – There are more students with disabilities enrolling in colleges and universities than ever before. Many qualify for institutional accommodations which enable them to access their education and school programs. If you are experiencing difficulty obtaining or enforcing your college accommodations our attorneys can consult with you about potential options and remedies. Contact us now to learn more about your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Transcripts and Grades – Disputes concerning academic courses and grades are not uncommon at the postsecondary level. If you believe you have improperly received a lower mark than you deserved you may have the right to contest the decision. Our attorneys have experience handling grade grievances and can help you identify the strongest basis for appeal.

Hazing – No longer are colleges and universities turning a blind eye to hazing on campus. Events and rituals that once seemed like rites of passage for students on teams and in fraternities/sororities may now serve as grounds for serious code of conduct charges. If you are alleged to have violated your school’s hazing bylaws, contact our office to learn more about your rights and options.

Athletics – College athletes are expected to adhere to a very strict set of rules that govern intercollegiate eligibility and participation. If you are facing an NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA investigation or if you have been found to have committed an infraction, our attorneys can help you get back on the field. Contact us immediately to discuss a winning strategy.

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