If your child is facing discipline, suspension, or expulsion from Miss Porter’s School, and/or you have any questions regarding discipline, suspension, or expulsion procedures at Miss Porter’s 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.

School Discipline at Miss Porter’s School

If a student violates any of our Community Standards, their behavior is reported to the Office of Student Life, Office of Equity and Inclusion, or Academic Office (for academic infractions) for consideration. At their discretion, each office may consider a pathway of reflection and restoration and/or disciplinary action. Restorative practices are generally reserved for initial minor infractions of Community Standards, and though focused on repair and healing, do carry consequences.”

Process and Procedures

If a Community Standard is broken, members of the Office of Student Life will review the conduct of the student with a small committee composed of members of the Office of Student Life, a Class Dean(s), and/or a member(s) of The Office of Equity and Inclusion or Academic Office. Recommendations regarding consequences are then made to the Chief Enrollment and Student Affairs Officer, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Chief Academic Officer, and/or Head of School. The School reserves the right to make disciplinary decisions administratively without the aid of a committee at any time.”

Institutional Consequences

“This is not meant to serve as an exhaustive list or promise any particular disciplinary outcome, but does provide an understanding of the range of consequences possible for the violation of Community Standards.”

  • All-School Warning
  • Campusing/reverse campusing
  • Contract
  • Dismissal
  • Early Curfew
  • Leadership Position Assessment
  • May 1st Rule
  • Reflection (In-School)
  • Reflection (Out-of-School)
  • Room Restriction
  • Saturday Morning Detention
  • Suspension
  • Work hours

Notification of Disciplinary Outcomes

Students and parents/guardians will normally hear from the Office of Student Life, Office of Equity and Inclusion, and/or Academic Office via phone and in writing regarding the outcome of any disciplinary matter. Class Deans, Advisors, House Directors, and other involved adults will also be notified. Note: Students dismissed from school will be asked to hand in any items that belong to school including but not limited to key/ID cards, library books, and electronic devices.

In the event of a Major School Rule infraction and subsequent disciplinary committee meeting and/or administrative disciplinary decision, the school community may learn of the outcome. Depending upon the impact to the community, the student’s name, the general nature of the offense, and the disciplinary response may be made public in a designated forum as soon as possible following the decision.”

Read more about school discipline at Miss Porter’s School in the student handbook here:

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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

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