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

Discipline at St. Luke’s School

Most important to the functioning of the St. Luke’s community are issues of physical and emotional well-being, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Students are expected to show respect for each member of the School community. On a daily basis, students are required to arrive to classes on time, in dress code, and prepared for the lesson. Respect for the learning environment in each class is critical to the School’s success as an academic community. Failure to meet these basic requirements may raise the question of the suitability of the St. Luke’s environment for that student.”

Honor Council

“Upper School disciplinary infractions that conflict with our Honor Code may require a student to meet with the Honor Council.

The Honor Council is a group of teachers and students who are selected in the spring of the previous year by peer and faculty election. The Honor Council is led by Kate Parker-Burgard and typically includes seven twelfth grade students, five eleventh grade students, three tenth grade students, and several faculty representatives.

The Honor Council is convened at the discretion of the Upper School Dean of Students or Head of Upper School, or their designee. The Council’s recommendations will go to either the Dean of Students or Head of School for a final decision.

Students appearing before the Honor Council may be accompanied by their advisor. Parents may not attend these meetings. All information shared in the Honor Council meeting is considered confidential, but may be shared by the School on a need-to-know basis.”

Types of Disciplinary Action

  • Behavior Agreement
  • MS and US Deans Meeting
  • Community Restoration
  • Restorative Practices
  • Administrative Review
  • Warning
  • Disciplinary Warning with Review
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Suspension
  • Requirement to Withdraw
  • Dismissal

Read more about student discipline at St. Luke’s School in the student handbook (from the 2021-2022 school year) here: https://issuu.com/stlukesschool/docs/2021-2022-slshandbook

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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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