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Laws and rights associated with schools, teachers, students, and the provision of and payment for educational services.

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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?

I am a high school Chemistry teacher. This morning, while my back was turned to write on the board, one of my students (age 17) slipped a pill into my coffee mug. This is a thermos-style mug that has ...
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Can a public school in the USA force a 14yr old to create a Twitter account for a passing grade?

My youngest is a freshman & signed up for a program the school refers to as "co-lab". At my insistence. 2yrs ago, I attended a board meeting where the formation of the program was introduced. At ...
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School tricking/forcing students to create content for school's website

A Computer Engineer school (which shall remain anonymous) has issued an assignment to almost every student, which is to produce a short (3-5min) tutorial of a given student-specific subject. The ...
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Can high schools legally withhold transcripts when a student tries to apply to college?

I graduated a year ago (June 2014) and took a year off to explore the world. Having finished my year, I went to apply to colleges, but my high school refuses to provide the transcript. In my best ...
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Student Rights In India

I am a college student in Rajasthan, and I want to know what step we can take against: teachers scoring us according to some personal vendetta, extremely rude language/behavior, unnecessary targeting....
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Can universities require computer science students to develop software for free?

At my university (it is a public Florida university), one of the core computer science courses required for the degree involves a group project, and the class is divided up into a dozen or so teams, ...
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Is profanity a form of protected speech on college campuses?

I am currently attending college in Oklahoma and have run into a confusing policy. We have been warned that anyone living on campus who uses profanity in the dormitory lobby will be written up for a ...
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Could a high school teacher require their students to register to vote in New York?

Suppose that I'm a social studies teacher in a high school in New York state. Odds are good that I'm teaching high school seniors about American history and politics. I want my students to get ...
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What regulations govern suspension of students?

Where students are violent, suspensions may be justified, in order to ensure the safety of other students. However, for non-violent behaviour, what regulations are in place with regards to suspension,...
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Is it legal to walk out of school, unexcused in Colorado

There are several school walkouts coming up in Colorado and nationwide that I plan to participate in, most likely without my parent's permission/knowledge. I am 16. Is this legal?
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Employer Tuition Repayment

1 year ago, I accepted a new job with an education budget included. I turned down their initial job offer. When they asked if there was anything that could entice me to reconsider, I countered with ...
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Is This A Legal Abuse of Teaching Power?

From this question on Academia Stack Exchange, a professor is requiring students to submit support for a law as an assignment. It's possible that the question misrepresents this, in that this is a ...
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Have there ever been examples of public school's restriction of community service being unlawful?

My school's community service policy (while ambiguous throughout the whole thing) Seems to me to discriminate against not only religions, but my religion specifically. The particular clause I'm ...
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Changing California residency status for school

I moved to California a little under a year ago after falling in love with the state, and don't see myself ever moving back to my native New York. I work as a software engineer, and I'm also a full-...
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Is it legal to force a atheist student to read a prayer in a Church of England UK academy?

At my school, which is a Church of England academy, instead of assemblies, we do "Collective Worship" (although everyone still calls them assemblies). With whole-school assemblies, each class takes ...
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What level of knowledge about Law should every person have? And how to get that knowledge (either free or paid)?

As we go through the education system, we all learn a little bit of literature, history, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. In my experience, I have not come across any education about law,...
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Can a school punish you for appearing in court?

My friend missed an assignment in school because of a mandatory court summons. The teacher gave him a failing grade, and overall his grade dropped 3 letters for something he couldn't control. I'm ...
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Do public schools have the authority to fine parents money for being late?

My friend has a child in elementary school, and he goes to a public school. Apparently, at the end of the school day, if the parents are late picking up their kids, the school charges them $10/minute ...
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Is it legal to swear at school?

First, is it legal to use profane language in school (specifically a high school in California, United States)? Also, what is the maximum punishment allowed for a student using profanity (assume the ...
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Can a college force you to use their health center?

I am a Junior in college and I have a history of mental health hospitalizations while in college. I went to the hospital earlier this semester because I didn't realize I was having a panic attack. ...
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How can I get past a ban on energy drinks at my school?

Whenever I enter my school I'm forbidden to drink energy drinks. I asked them why and they listed lots of reasons why I wasn't allowed. I asked "why is smoking not forbidden but something so simple ...
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Taking my child's school to court

I am a special educator with a child who is in her second ear of preschool right now. She has a language delay and struggles socially (due in large part to the language delay.) She is doing extremely ...
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Can someone legally withhold showing their arms to a school counselor?

Here's a scenario I've always been curious about. Suppose that a 15-year-old high school student in Oregon, USA, is called into the counselor's office because he was reported for having scars on his ...
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Is it permitted to work as a freelancer on Upwork while studying in Germany?

Next April I am going to start a master program in Germany living on a student visa. Currently I am working as a freelancer on Upwork. I know that in Germany it is not permitted for people on student ...
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Can a university in EU refuse to grant me a degree after I completed studies?

I have completed a 120 ECTS Master program in a research university in the Netherlands. However, to get a diploma, I need to make a separate application. I did not apply for the diploma in time before ...
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How can universities legally discriminate against a sex when filling dorms?

Landlords are not allowed to discrimate against a sex when renting to tenants as this is one of the protected classes. How do universities get away with discriminating against a sex when filling ...
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What jurisdiction is responsible for firearms regulation in United States education institutions?

Which legislation level and body governs the ability of students and teachers to carry firearms on a campus? Where does this body derive said authority? Is it at the city, state, or federal level or ...
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My college changed my major without my consent, can I sue them?

I am a college student at a new University located in Mauritius. Before I applied, I checked on their website the list of major offered. I saw: "Electrical Engineering" which was one of the main ...
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Can you record a public school official with or without their consent?

Some states such as Massachusetts have 2 party consent laws which restrict secret recordings by only one party, therefore, you have to ask public school officials if they consent to being recorded. ...
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Are schools required to disclose accurate results of random drug searches?

I go to a school which has a serious problem with underage vape usage. The police sometimes conducts random drug searches, and after every search, parents are informed via email. Each email has ...
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What type of lawyer would I need to help me deal with issues of academic misconduct?

What can stop a university from doing whatever they want and screwing students over in terms of accusing them of cheating, plagiarism, or a misunderstanding of professor authorization of essay re-...
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Can schools legally withhold transcripts of a student that violates the honor code?

I just think of this problem because I finished some independent study course in BYU and I am a coffee-addict (I am not Mormon for sure). By common sense it shouldn't happen while I know that not ...
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Can a charter school ask me to work more than 30 days on a 30 substitute permit?

I'm new to teaching and want to get my feet wet as a substitute teacher before committing to a credential program. There's a well-known charter school that would look amazing on my resume, but they're ...
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What does it mean for a statute such as § 2 (1) 7 AGG to “apply” but have no legal consequences?

I am in the process of finding out the legal framework surrounding anti-discrimination statutes in German public universities as it pertains to students (not employees of the university as they are ...
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Can schools in Australia fail VCE students for missing class?

My high school has an attendance policy in place where you are allowed to miss 6 periods of class with a medical certificate and six without. They claim that after you miss these combined 12 periods ...
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Do universities have (fiduciary?) duty to provide enough classes for their students?

My niece, a college junior, told that most students at her university are unable to register for classes they need to graduate because there aren't enough classes offered, and because of that huge ...
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What protections exist in the European Union against discrimination in an educational institution?

For those who aren't familiar with it, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ("504" for short) is the U.S. law that protects the civil rights of students with disabilities at institutions that receive ...
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Signing Under Duress in school?

I am a minor in a UK public school. I was told I had to write a statement about a rule I broke in school and sign it. I missed out a piece of information, and they told me I had to write about that ...
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Homeschool moderator expects my kid to be enrolled in public school, any alternatives?

I'm from Australia. I was aware that the homeschool moderator would come today but I've been really busy the last couple of days and was completely caught off guard. She asked to see the work and I ...
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What can happen if you violate a cease and desist letter?

A few months ago, my alma mater emailed me a cease and desist letter for repeatedly trying to have a grievance against a former professor dismissed and complaining about how the dept. chair handled ...
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Can a private school refuse admission despite the student having the requisite cut-off?

My brother is being refused admission to a school that I attended for 9 years. This is because when I was in school, the teachers traumatised me and we complained about it in a feedback form. The ...
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Why can colleges “discriminate” against students from other states by charging them more? [duplicate]

The Constitution states that the federal government has the right to regulate commerce between the states. As shown in Gibbons v. Ogden; Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. U.S.; Katzenback v. McClung; ...
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Are American “no promo homo” laws enforced?

Seven US states have laws that limit the discussion of homosexuality in public schools. Two other states previously had such laws. How frequently, if at all, are these laws enforced or have ...
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Is it legal to create a fake google certificate and distribute it en masse?

The question is exactly what the title says. I am a student attending a rather large high school in South Carolina. In order to block to youtube, proxies, games, etc., the school has disabled SSL and ...
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Does SB-1341 prohibit educational research entirely?

The text of SB-1341 bill (just introduce to the US Senate) is available here. Summary As far as I understand it, if this bill were to pass, researchers would be unable to connect student-level data to ...
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FERPA clarifications

I'm a high school student attending a public school. I was wondering for clarification on FERPA exceptions. My school stated that they had a "memorandum of understanding" with the school resource ...
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California's Leonard Law - to what extent does it apply at religious schools

Here's the full reference in the California legal code. The main section: (a) A school district operating one or more high schools, a charter school, or a private secondary school shall not make ...
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Do federal student loans come with IRS-like arbitrary levy power?

I have a nelnet loan for 10k. If it was tax debt I understand the irs could bypass the courts, give no service and seize my bank account. Does this apply to student loans as well? Or is it limited to ...
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Is this a legitimate Title IX investigation or is this an abuse of power by the Title IX coordinator?

I used to be a student at a certain NYC public college, I graduated, and after graduation, I still had access to the school because I was a "research assistant". However I never was paid, nor did I ...
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Ramifications of Child joining a Magic Society, disappearing from parents life

Note: I struggled with deciding which Stackexchange site to post this question to--Law, World Building, Scifi, or Parenting--but hopefully it fits well enough here. I know it's not a perfect fit, but ...