Can a college student be dismissed from a program due to horseplay?

UPDATED: Dec 28, 2011

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Can a college student be dismissed from a program due to horseplay?

My daughter (22 years) enrolled in LPN program at a private college. After three months she was dismissed from the program because of an incident of horseplay. A chair was removed when a student went to sit down. The justification for dismissal was the potential to do harm. Tuition is not reimbursable.

Asked on December 28, 2011 under Business Law, Ohio


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

All higher educational institutions have written codes of conduct set forth in the school's student handbook that each student at the institution is presumed to have read and understood when submitting for entrance and after payment of the required tuition for each period of time while in attendance.

If a student violates the code of behavior the school under its rules has the discretion to discipline the student as stated in its guidelines which apparently happened to your daughter. From what you have written, the discipline that she received seems quite harsh for what she actually did. I suggest that you consult with an attorney who practices law in the educational field to see what can be done such as an appeal or reconsideration of the punishment that your daughter received.

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