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Student Affairs

Students need a safe and dynamic educational environment in which to learn and thrive. Ensuring this can lead to significant challenges for school personnel who must understand and navigate through the legal rights and responsibilities of students and staff, ongoing parent-teacher-student expectations and relationships, academic and behavioral challenges, and financial considerations and limitations. 

Best Best & Krieger LLP (BBK) Education Law attorneys have decades of experience providing effective counsel and representation to K-12 school and school districts, public and private colleges and universities, county offices of education, charter schools, special education local plan areas, and education foundations. 

We advise on all student affairs matters, including: 

  • Student rights — free speech, religious exercise, and expression
  • Nondiscrimination, gender equity, and Title IX compliance
  • Search and seizure, drug and alcohol testing
  • Sexual harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying
  • Inter-district transfers, open enrollment, and related appeals
  • School closures and boundary adjustments
  • Pupil records and privacy issues
  • Attendance, residency, and enrollment issues
  • Complaint procedures, investigations, responses, and training
  • Custody issues and parent rights and responsibilities
  • Student discipline, including suspension and expulsion procedures, hearings, and appeals
  • Uniform Complaint Procedure investigations and reports
  • Office for Civil Rights complaint investigation response and resolution
  • California Department of Education complaint investigations
  • Student athletics
  • School safety and campus security 
  • Free school guarantee — restrictions on student fees
  • Dress code issues, policies, and procedures 
  • Foster and homeless youth rights
  • Special education support and services
  • Section 504 disability accommodations

Further, we help clients create and revise student handbooks, school policies, practices and procedures; offer training to assure staff compliance; and assert and defend our clients’ interests in federal and state courts and before regulatory bodies and government agencies.

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