Student Rights and Responsibilities

Collins & Blaha, P.C. provides assistance to clients in drafting and defending handbooks, codes of conduct, and policies pertaining to students. These policies, codes and handbook provisions are frequently challenged on constitutional grounds including freedom of speech and expression, student publications, search and seizure, religious rights and equal access, privacy issues, student discipline, including suspensions and expulsions, due process protections and student rights. The firm works in partnership with school districts to target issues which give rise to legal challenges. Once identified, we work with the school district to address or resolve these claims before litigation commences. Preventative services include educational presentations to administrators and employees, drafting or revising current policies, and engaging in dispute resolution. Although many matters can be resolved without litigation through early and assertive intervention, sometimes preventative measures prove unsuccessful. When this occurs, Collins & Blaha, P.C. will aggressively litigate those matters.

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