College Dismissal Advisor - Delaware

Four-year college degrees are often the credentials young adults need to begin a career path of their choosing, meriting them stability and a foundation on which to build a family. Student life can be fraught with obstacles such as academic rigors, peer pressure, and transitioning into adulthood. Sometimes, even good students of honorable character get into trouble, leaving them fighting for their opportunity to remain in school.

Disciplinary boards at Delaware colleges and universities suspend or expel students for numerous infractions of their codes of conduct. The grievance process is speedy and complex. If a student is not prepared with a coherent, cohesive argument against alleged misconduct, sanctions can effectively end their opportunity to obtain an education. Although the process can be overwhelming, that does not mean you do not have options to rectify the situation.

Many students and their parents fail to retain professional assistance until the institution hands down severe punitive measures. Regardless, college dismissal advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm can ensure that students in Delaware are protected against hard-line school disciplinary boards and can remain focused on their studies.

Appealing Disciplinary Sanctions

The code of conduct at any Delaware college or university will list the various charges—academic misconduct, non-academic misconduct, Title IX violations— for which a student can be suspended or expelled. The code of conduct includes the guidelines by which students can appeal decisions leading to suspension or expulsion.

Generally, there are a limited number of situations that fulfill student-school grievance requirements. Delaware State University explains in its code of conduct that students may appeal disciplinary decisions if the following criteria are met:

  1. Appropriateness of the penalty: The appeals board may consider student grievances if the sanctions can be proven excessive based on the findings of the allegations and the disciplinary board's determination of responsibility.
  2. New evidence: Evidence that emerges following the determination of responsibility must have been undiscoverable during the review process and unknown to the accused.
  3. Due Process: The accused must demonstrate that the adjudicatory process lacked conformity with the procedures outlined in the school's code of conduct, including bias or conflict of interest with anyone involved during the grievance process.

School administrations allow little time after the grievance hearing's determination of responsibility for a student to appeal a suspension or expulsion. You and your college dismissal advisor will review your school's specific appellate rights and procedures to ensure you do not waive the opportunity to file an appeal within the allotted time.

Typically, the timeframe to file an appeal is between two and ten days, but it varies from school to school. Goldey-Beacom College, for example, gives students ten business days upon written notification of the disciplinary board's decision to file an appeal. In contrast, Delaware State University offers students three business days.

Once the school's appeals review board concludes its review, it may move forward with the following:

  • Affirming the finding
  • Denying the appeal
  • Modifying the consequences
  • Reopening the case
  • Reversing the discovery and punishment

Decisions on appeals cannot be reversed. Students threatened with the immediate end of their academic careers may be emotionally overwhelmed. They may believe there are no other options of redress available and depart the school. They may also be asking themselves:

  • Do the sanctions fit the charges?
  • Has new evidence emerged?
  • How can infringements on due process be proven?

Students do not have the tools necessary to navigate these situations. Additionally, if students are suspended or expelled, they may be banned from campus even though the appellate period remains active. Therefore, students need professional, proven assistance to help them with their last chance for defense.

Separation From Studies

School administrations may impose punishments on students for failing to achieve satisfactory academic progress (SAP) or by other reasoning to protect the school's scholastic reputation. At Wilmington University, if a student does not complete 67 percent of their credit hours, they begin a slippery path toward suspension from the school through a semester of probation and the loss of financial aid eligibility. At the University of Delaware, a student can be dismissed temporarily from the school pending formal grievance procedures, which is not appealable.

Just because your Delaware college or university has given up on you, that does not mean you should. Fight back against unfair discipline with a solid defense. Institutions of higher education in Delaware sometimes make mistakes in suspending or expelling students. They may fail to consider a student's extenuating circumstances.

Relatively common but unfortunate life events that may affect a student's academic performance or behavior on campus are:

  • Death of a family member or close friend
  • Hard transition to campus life
  • Injury or illness of an immediate family member
  • Overwhelming course loads
  • Physical or emotional trauma

You need professional help to keep you in the classroom. If your Delaware school disciplinary board does not consider these situations, your college dismissal advisor can utilize them to lessen sanctions.

Upstanding students focused on their studies may dash their academic and career goals unless their school's punishments are challenged effectively. Students and their parents must remember that the process that governs college grievances is not the same as a court of law. Institutions of higher education in Delaware and elsewhere are not constitutionally bound to protect student due process when addressing alleged misconduct. Schools desire to uphold their public reputations above all else.

These are just some of the reasons why you need professional college dismissal advisor Joseph D. Lento on your side. He understands when disciplinary boards overstep their authority and knows how to negotiate with college administration officials to preserve his student client's chances of gaining the education they choose.

What Are The Consequences of Suspension or Expulsion?

When a Delaware student faces suspension or expulsion, it ends their opportunity to complete their degree, but it can also hinder their ability to transfer to or enroll in other schools. For instance, any student expelled from Delaware State University will be ineligible for readmission and permanently trespassed from all school property and events. Since schools require transfer students to disclose other programs they attended, admission personnel will view them as less attractive candidates and may not offer them a chance to enroll.

Suspension and expulsion can also impact a student's financial aid eligibility and economic livelihood. Many schools will not grant a reimbursement for any portion of the semester not attended by the student. If a student must reimburse federal loan providers for any unearned amount of financial aid, it will cause long-lasting consequences, severely impeding opportunities like:

  • Applying for business, car, or home loans
  • Being in good standing with credit reporting agencies
  • Obtaining grants or scholarships

Yet, consequences from severe disciplinary action are not only financial in nature. They can follow former students long after leaving campus as they must disclose suspensions or expulsions from school on various forms like:

  • Behavioral counseling licenses
  • Federal security clearances
  • Financial trading and brokerage certifications
  • Law enforcement and first responder applications

What Can Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm Do For You?

Local Delaware attorneys typically begin their defense of a student's academic career by threatening expensive lawsuits against colleges and universities. Although a formal suit is a possible course of action to keep a student on campus, litigation is rarely necessary.

Inexperienced attorneys may also boast about their trial experience before a judge or in front of a jury. Still, courtroom competency does not often translate into the prudence needed to negotiate with school administration officials for a more positive outcome for the student. Students and their parents must be cautious of advertising ploys that seek to persuade you that the local litigator knows the players in the game. You may lose your opportunity for a much-needed college degree just because you were handed down a suspension or expulsion and were too demoralized to know where to turn for proper guidance.

The goal for students is prompt, private, negotiated relief from suspension or expulsion, not complex legal proceedings that could leave you out of school for months or even years. You must contact college dismissal advisor Joseph D. Lento immediately to preserve your academic and professional future.

Instead of utilizing aggressive means, Joseph D. Lento has, time and time again, brokered beneficial resolutions with the school's Office of General Counsel (OGC) on behalf of the suspended or expelled student. He relies on the relationships he and his team have built with representatives of college and university internal OGC to be a bulwark against severe punishments levied on students.

Lento and his team know how to present positive options to disciplinary and appellate boards that serve both the student and the institution far better than suspension or expulsion. For advice from a proven college dismissal advisor defending students in Delaware and throughout the U.S., call 888-535-3686 to discuss how Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm can defend you or seek relief through their online consultation form. Your academic future and professional depend on it.

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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