Students’ Rights

As a parent, ‘students’ rights’ are not just dry words. It is frustrating to think that your child may be facing a conflict at school. You are not with them during the day. You cannot protect them from abuse and mistreatment.

Protecting Your Student’s Rights

Gregory Smith focuses his practice on reaching justice for students and keeping them safe. He works with families to resolve the issues they encounter at school:

  • Discrimination: Federal and state civil rights laws protect students in public and private schools and colleges against discrimination. No official may treat a student differently simply on the basis of sex, race, disability, ethnicity or national origin.
  • Disabilities and 504 plans: Officials too often fail to accommodate students in the way their plan calls for. Such mistakes may amount to violations of constitutional rights.
  • Disciplinary actions: In seeking to impose discipline, officials at schools and colleges must follow their own policies and procedures. Students have a right to rely on fair application of the institution’s published rules.
  • Bullying: State law dictates steps officials must take to put a stop to known instances of unwelcome behavior.
  • Sexual harassment: The federal civil rights law known as Title IX requires officials to take effective measures against severe and pervasive misconduct. When they show deliberate indifference to such abuse, they violate the victim’s constitutional right to freedom from sexual discrimination.
  • Students’ records: Students have a legal right to privacy. What they say and do falls under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. Officials must keep certain information private, even after a student graduates. Families have a right to view these records.
  • Student safety: Schools have a duty to keep students safe from harm. Officials can be held accountable for negligence.

Students deserve a safe learning environment, with school leaders that treat them fairly. Greg Smith is ready to help you hold officials to account when they fail to protect your child.

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As a lawyer for students’ rights, Attorney Gregory Smith will take your interests seriously. Officials may not listen to you. He will.