Los Angeles Community College District Misconduct Charges

Community college is a door to the future. Many students attending community college are making a very smart choice. Community college students can earn college credits and perhaps an associate's degree nearer home and at a lower cost. A community college education can be the launching pad through which those students make the next big leap in their higher education, life, and career. Yet community college students can face academic deficiencies and discipline and behavioral and sexual misconduct charges. And when community college students face suspension or dismissal, the impact on their future can be dire, closing doors to colleges, universities, graduate schools, and even vocational programs. If you face academic or misconduct dismissal as a student at a Los Angeles Community College District college, retain national school defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team to defend and defeat those charges. Your education, career, and future are worth defending.

The Los Angeles Community College District

The Los Angeles Community College District is the nation's largest community college district and one of the world's largest. The Los Angeles Community College District has nine colleges spread across 882 square miles. Those colleges include East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, L.A. Trade-Tech College, Los Angeles Valley College, and West Los Angeles College. The Los Angeles Community College District provides an enormous educational benefit, enrolling over 200,000 students. The District also has an enormous economic impact on the region, deploying an annual budget of about $5.8 billion. No matter the Los Angeles Community College District college you attend, national school defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm are available to help you defend and defeat those charges at your school.

The Value of a Los Angeles Community College Education

If you face discouraging disciplinary charges, don't let those charges make you doubt the value of your Los Angeles Community College District education. Los Angeles Community College District graduates go on to do great work and great things. Famous graduates of Los Angeles City College, for instance, include architect Frank Gehry, economist Lawrence Klein, artist Kerry James Marshall, author Carolyn See, and choreographer Alvin Ailey, among many others. Los Angeles Community College District colleges offer so many innovative and valuable programs that the potential benefits are measureless. As the oldest of the District colleges, Los Angeles City College, for instance, offers more than one hundred vocational and professional programs leading to degrees, certificates, or transfer opportunities. Don't underestimate the potential value of your Los Angeles Community College District education when deciding whether and how to fight disciplinary charges. Retain national school defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm to help you defend and defeat those charges. Keep your doors to further education and a rewarding career and future open.

Los Angeles Community College District Governance

If you face academic or misconduct discipline at a Los Angeles Community College District college, District policies will determine the disciplinary standards and procedures. The District has a governance structure through which the District adopts, modifies, and reviews the implementation of those policies. A single chancellor oversees Los Angeles Community College District operations at all member colleges. The chancellor is the District's chief operating officer, ultimately responsible for all District functions, including student affairs and student discipline. The chancellor manages operations through periodic directives and an executive staff. The chancellor's executive staff helps the chancellor develop policies and directives, including those governing student conduct and discipline. A popularly elected, seven-member board of trustees retains and guides the chancellor to govern the District. The board of trustees maintains standing committees, one of which is a committee on student affairs. The committee on student affairs meets regularly to develop, recommend, and review District policies supporting and impacting students, including policies for student discipline.

Los Angeles Community College Student Conduct Policies

If you face disciplinary charges at your Los Angeles Community College District college, you and your retained school defense attorney will look first to District policies and procedures through which to defend and defeat those charges. California Education Code Sections 66017, 66300, 76030, and 76031 require community college districts to adopt standards of student conduct along with penalties for violating those standards. To carry out this statutory obligation, the board of trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District has adopted board rules setting standards for student conduct and establishing procedures each college must follow to determine whether to discipline students for violating those standards. Board Rule 9803 “Standards of Student Conduct” states the conduct rules for all District colleges, while Board Rule 91101 “Student Discipline Procedures” requires each District college to provide fair procedures for determining those charges. Board Rule 9802 requires each District college to enforce the District's standards of conduct under District procedures but permits each college to “develop guidelines, apply sanctions, or take appropriate action consistent with such rules and regulations.” While you and your retained school defense attorney will look first to District standards and procedures, your winning defense may also depend on your individual college's specific implementing rules.

Los Angeles Community College District Conduct Standards

The District's Board Rule 9803 providing for “Standards of Student Conduct” prohibits a broad range of student behavioral misconduct. Board Rule 9803 first requires students to respect and obey the civil and criminal laws of the city, county, state, and nation. Thus, your District college could construe your violation of law as a violation of the District's student standards. That law violation may have to affect college activities or threaten college students or operations in some manner for college disciplinary officials to take disciplinary action, but the prospect exists for such a disciplinary charge. Retain national school defense attorney Joseph D. Lento if your District c