My question involves education law in the State of: Maryland
I've posted this topic here before but failed to follow up with more information to help responders, the thread was closed.
I'll be filing suit within days against the private university. Just thought I would try to get some feedback before I file, just in case I missed something. From what I understand from reading the case law: courts grant substantial deference to schools when it comes to academic decisions. Part of my compliant will be that the primary matter for dismissal was not a clear cut academic matter. But rather is better considered to have been a disciplinary matter. My sense is that the school lumps everything under "academic" in order to skirt the law. Anyway, the student never had any academic problems, maintained an 'A' GPA and otherwise completed most degree requirements (i.e. exams, thesis etc..) with the exception of 1 or 2 classes without one hint of any academic deficiencies. Essentially the school claimed that the student committed an ethical violation and dismissed the student academically.
Anyone have any experience with this? There are very few cases that I can find that deal with this. The one that I found indicated the student admitted an ethical wrong-doing and had a pattern of problems (according to the school)...in this case, no ethical wrongdoing was admitted and there are no patterns of problems at the school.
If the behaviors is being presented as "unethical" not related to cheating etc...is there case law to suggest that ethical violations are considered academic rather than disciplinary.