Higher Education Law in Georgia
What is higher education law? Higher education simply refers to colleges, universities and institutions that offer education beyond a high school diploma. The city of Savannah is home to several such institutions, and while there is no particular sub-category of law that deals strictly with higher education, there are many aspects of the law that pertain to the goings on of a higher education facility. Joseph J. Steffen Jr. is also a Savannah local who specializes in this arena. Whether you’re a student, a parent of a student, or an employee – he’s your go to guy for any and all questions or cases about legality within Georgia’s higher education system.
Common Higher Education Infractions
- Do you feel that your college, university or institute has violated or revoked one of your constitutional rights?
- Has your college, university, or institute illegally stolen your intellectual property and claimed it as their own?
- Were you the victim of an on-campus crime that your college, univeristy, or institution failed to respond to in a legally responsible manner?
- Has your college, university, or institute breached or failed to comply with it’s contractual obligations to you as a student or an employee?
These are just some of the many ways that higher education law can come into play when things go wrong, and there always many other factors to consider as well. Depending on whether your college or university is private or public, and the state laws that protect such institutions from lawsuits – you may or not have a case. The only way to know for sure is to call for a free consultation that will help you to figure out your next steps.
Student Rights in Higher Education
- No college, university, or institution has the right to interfere with a student’s rights as citizen or resident of the United States.
- All students have a right to fairness, meaning that any institutional decisions made in regards to the students cannot be arbitrary, capricious, or random
- Colleges, Universities, and Institutes are not required to disclose the additional rights that are given to students according to their own codes and bi-laws
Essentially, all of this means that as a student, you have rights accorded to you by your school in addition to those given to you by the American constitution. Though many schools detail what those students rights are in a ‘handbook’ or similar document, higher education institutions are not required to disclose all of those student rights to you. If you feel you have been wronged by your college or university, the only way to know if your accusations have legal bearing is to consult an attorney like Joseph J. Steffen Jr. who can determine if those actions were in fact illegal.
Contacting me is the first step to finding out if you have a case. Consultations are always free.