The Loomis Chaffee School Expulsion

If your child is facing discipline, suspension, or expulsion from The Loomis Chaffee School, and/or you have any questions regarding discipline, suspension, or expulsion procedures at The Loomis Chaffee 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.

Violations of Major School Rules

“When a community member believes that a school rule may have been violated, they should report the potential violation to the Dean of Students office. A dean will ask for any relevant information or evidence that the community member has regarding the alleged violation (this may include, but is not limited to, pertinent emails, screenshots, and the identities of potential witnesses). After learning of the alleged violation, one or more members of the Dean Office will contact the involved student(s) and share the allegations. The students will be permitted to share their perspective and provide any evidence or other information that they believe is relevant to the dean. The deans may ask to hold a student’s electronic device during the initial conversation.

The investigating deans, in their sole discretion, may investigate the allegations further and interview other community members. Students who encourage, aid, or ignore a major violation of school rules may be subject to discipline. The investigating dean(s) may also consult with faculty/ staff (dean of faculty, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, etc.) as needed. At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigating deans will confer with other deans of students, and, if appropriate, other faculty/staff to determine whether the involved student will face sanctions and what those sanctions will be. Students who are dishonest during inquiries are subject to additional discipline.”

Disciplinary Levels

  • Level 1
    • “A violation of any school rule may result in a student being placed on a Level I… A student who is placed on a Level I may also receive sanctions, as determined by the dean, including engaging in a restorative justice process. If unacceptable behavior persists, the student’s status will be reconsidered, meaning the student’s dean may decide to move the student to a Level II or III.”
  • Level 2
    • “A violation of a major school rule often results in a student being placed on a Level II. Level II sanctions may include, singularly or in combination, probation, suspension, removal from the boarding environment, academic penalties, and restorative justice practices.
    • Students who are placed on Level II and then receive another Disciplinary Level may receive a Level III and/or be subject to a Disciplinary Committee Hearing. Students who are placed on a Level II may be ineligible for certain leadership roles and/or participation in co-curricular activities.”
  • Level 3
    • “When a major school rule violation is particularly serious or is accompanied by aggravating factors, such as a student’s dishonesty or other recent rule violations, the deans may place a student on a Level III instead of a Level II.
    • Possible sanctions for a Level III violation include suspension, probation, removal from the boarding environment, academic penalties if an AIC, and/or a Disciplinary Committee Hearing (D.C.). Additionally, students on a Level III may be subject to a D.C. for any subsequent violation of school rules during the remainder of their time at Loomis. Students on Level III will be reviewed at the end of the year Review Committee.”

Restorative Justice Program

“The process for restorative justice includes an initial meeting and reflection with the coordinator of the RJP; a learning and community-building phase involving assignments and meetings; and a final reflection by the student. As each infraction and student is unique, so is their restorative practice. Upon completion of the final reflection, the student and their advisor, parents, and dean will receive a summary email stating that the student has completed the program and provide an assessment of their level of engagement throughout the process. This may be part of a student’s future disciplinary record.”

Disciplinary Committee

“A student may be referred to the Disciplinary Committee (the “D.C.”) if a student is placed on either a Level II or Level III more than once. However, even a single violation of a major school rule may result in a D.C. hearing if the violation is particularly egregious and/or accompanied by aggravating factors. The purpose of the Disciplinary Committee hearing is to decide whether the student should remain at Loomis given their disciplinary violation(s) and overall conduct record at the school.”

Read more about the disciplinary process at The Loomis Chaffee School in the student handbook here: https://issuu.com/loomischaffee/docs/student-handbook-2023-24-web?fr=xKAE9_zU1NQ

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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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