If your child is facing discipline, suspension, or expulsion from Canterbury School, and/or you have any questions regarding discipline, suspension, or expulsion procedures at Canterbury School, it may be beneficial to speak to an attorney. The attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. have extensive experience handling Connecticut education law matters, including school discipline, suspension, expulsion, and readmission, and are well-equipped to assist you in these proceedings.

Community Expectations at Canterbury School

“Students are expected to follow Community Expectations and School Rules at all times, even when they are off campus. In addition, students are expected to behave in a manner that does not compromise the good name of Canterbury. The School maintains the right to put students through the disciplinary process when situations arise in which the Student Life Office believes a student has compromised the good name of the school or the well-being of others on or off campus.”

Major Rules

  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Abuse and Victimizing Persons
  • Lying and deceitful behavior
  • Theft
  • Direct Disobedience
  • Endangering the community and personal safety
  • Defacing or destroying school or personal property
  • Visitation
  • Curfew Violation
  • Unauthorized use or possession of a car
  • Bringing the name of the School into disrepute

Consequence for Major Rule Violation

“A violation of a Major Rule results in a meeting with the Assistant Head for Student Life or a member of the Student Life Team. Students are expected to cooperate with the Student Life Office when going through the process of gathering information regarding disciplinary cases. Students who choose not to cooperate may be asked to withdraw.

In most cases, violation of a Major Rule will result in a Disciplinary Hearing with the Discipline Committee (see below for explanation of Disciplinary Hearings and Discipline Committee). After the hearing, the Discipline Committee members will make a recommendation to the Head of School, who will make all final decisions on major disciplinary cases, including probation, suspension, and dismissal.”

Disciplinary Committee

“Any student called for a Disciplinary Committee will be notified at least 24 hours ahead of time. The student, with the help of their advisor, will prepare a statement expressing their desire to remain at Canterbury. The student’s advisor will accompany the student to the hearing. At the start of the hearing, the Chair of the Discipline Committee will introduce the people on the committee and explain the hearing process. The student will then be given the opportunity to account for what took place when the Major Rule was violated.

Students called before the Discipline Committee must be forthright and take full responsibility for their own behavior. Failure to tell the truth will jeopardize students’ chances of remaining at the School. After the student accounts for their actions, the Committee will have the opportunity to ask the student questions. When questions cease, the student reads their statement. The student will be asked to leave the room, and the advisor will stay and speak on their behalf. Ultimately, the Committee will deliberate and make its recommendations to the Head of School.”

Disciplinary Responses and Definitions

  • Dorm Restrictions
  • Disciplinary Warning
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal/Withdrawal
  • Sixth Form Spring

Read more about student discipline at Canterbury school in the student handbook (from the 2021-2022 school year) here: https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1626793146/cbury/p5juml1byrug8o5gkuer/StudentHandbook2021-22.pdf

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If your child is facing suspension, discipline or expulsion from a private or public school in Connecticut, your child has rights. You should protect those rights by hiring an experienced education law attorney. Often, but not always, disciplinary charges may be accompanied by an arrest or criminal investigation. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better off your child will be in terms of ensuring the protection of rights, and the ultimate outcome. Your child will achieve the best outcome with an experienced Connecticut Expulsion Attorney, who can try to reduce the expulsion to a stipulated agreement or dismissal of charges altogether. The experienced Connecticut Expulsion Law attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. can help you and your child navigate the difficult and emotional process of an expulsion proceeding.

When a child violates a school policy – even if off school grounds – the violation can sometimes rise to the level of an expulsion from private or public school. An expulsion can negatively impact a child’s educational and emotional success. It can also sometimes affect college admissions if not handled by an experienced Connecticut Education lawyer familiar with handling expulsions and suspensions.

At Maya Murphy, P.C. we only represent students and families, we never represent school districts against students. We are available 7 days a week to answer questions; if it is important to you, it is equally important to us. We can assist your child with any education related needs including special education, suspension, discipline, expulsion, and criminal or juvenile criminal charges. You can contact one of our experienced Education Law Attorneys in Connecticut directly by calling (203) 221-3100 in Connecticut, or (212) 682-5700 in New York. You can also email Joseph Maya, the Managing Partner directly at JMaya@mayalaw.com.

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