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

Disciplinary Response at The Taft School

“When a student violates a Fundamental Rule of the school, his/her case is referred to the office of the dean of students, who will either refer the case to the Discipline Committee or will set a penalty in accordance with guidelines established by the Discipline Committee. Fundamental rule violations involving harassment, hazing, and bullying will be considered on an individual basis by the head of school, dean of students, dean of faculty or other appropriate authority in consultation with all involved parties. The head of school may, in his discretion, refer the case to the Harassment Panel or Discipline Committee.

While this discretion is rarely exercised, the head of school and the deans of students acting together reserve the right to dismiss a student or withhold a diploma for failure to maintain good standing in scholarship, effort or conduct, without resorting to the disciplinary procedures.”

Discipline Committee

“The Discipline Committee is usually comprised of six students and six faculty with a nonvoting faculty chair. In unusual circumstances when students are not available or appropriate to serve, the Discipline Committee will be comprised of six faculty with a nonvoting faculty chair. Students who appear before the Discipline Committee will have an opportunity to make a statement regarding the circumstances of the infraction, but will not otherwise have a right to interview or cross examine witnesses and others involved in the case. The student’s faculty advisor, the dean of his/her class and a member of his/her student class committee will also be invited to the meeting to speak in support of the student, but no other representatives may participate in the disciplinary process.

The Discipline Committee may recommend warning periods, probation periods, suspensions (in house or off-campus) or combinations of these; dismissal; or other responses they deem appropriate.

A student may, in some cases, be placed on Warning in regard to the rule that was violated for a period of time recommended by the Discipline Committee. Warning indicates that a student will most probably be dismissed if he or she violates that rule again during the period of Warning.”

Read more about student discipline at The Taft School in the student handbook here: https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1694805007/taft/xkkb55w4wdkgtyx1oo8j/StudentHandbook09152023.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.

Maya Murphy P.C. has proudly been included in the 2024 Edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked among the top firms in the nation. In addition, Managing Partner Joseph C. Maya has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for his work in Employment Law and Education Law in Connecticut. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is awarded to firms and attorneys who demonstrate excellence in the industry and is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Our firm in Westport, Connecticut serves clients with legal assistance all over the state, including the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bethel, Branford, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, Newton, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Sherman, Southbury, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Woodbridge. In addition to assisting clients in Connecticut, our firm handles education law matters in New York as well.

If you have any questions about education law in Connecticut or would like to speak to an attorney about a legal matter, please contact Joseph C. Maya and the other experienced attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. at (203) 221-3100 or JMaya@Mayalaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation today.