E+R=O: A Special Education Mindset

E + R = O: A Special Education Mindset Fighting for an individualized and appropriate education Let’s imagine you are not receiving progress reports on your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). You have that parental instinct that something isn’t right. How do you stand up to district administrators, who are specifically trained in the field…

Accused of College Misconduct? Here are 5 Tips from a Lawyer

Are you a college student facing an accusation from your school’s Academic Misconduct or Code of Conduct office? Here are 5 tips from attorneys who have seen real-life success. Find a Trusted Support Person (or a few) There are several reasons you should immediately find support when you are facing an allegation of cheating, nonconsensual…

Own a dog? Fostering a dog? You NEED to read this!

Thank you to our first guest blogger, friend of the firm and Senior Assistant City Attorney  for the City of Columbus, Isaac Rinsky. Mr. Rinsky is assigned to the Franklin County Environmental Court and has some great, easy to read info and tips for dog owners. Imagine venturing out for a walk with your big…

Applying for Grad School? What you need to disclose.

When applying to graduate programs, especially law school, many applications require that all applicants disclose any criminal or academic misconduct. But it can be tricky to know what you do and do not need to disclose. One simple answer is to read any disclosure questions carefully. While the disclosure questions can be lengthy, it is…

Changing Student Records

Parents and Students Have a Right to Request Amendment or Removal of an Education Record Students ages 18+ and parents of students under age 18 have a right under federal law to request removal or amendment of inaccurate files contained in the student’s education record. The right exists under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act…

Do you have a gifted student?

Suspect a student is gifted? Parents, students or teachers can refer a potentially gifted child for screening at any grade. Public school districts in Ohio must provide screenings at least twice per year, and must have a procedure for parents to appeal any decision about the results or scheduling of testing, or the placement of…

SEXTING 101.

You hear about it. You generally know what it means to sext. But what are the actual consequences? Welcome class, to Sexting 101.  Minors who have a cell phone and a naked body available, please DO NOT: TAKE  SEND to other minors SEND of other minors POSSESS VIEW REQUEST You could be CHARGED with: Disseminating…

Title IX Update: Changes to Campus Sexual Misconduct Investigations

The Department of Education has issued new, interim guidelines on how colleges should handle allegations and investigations of sexual misconduct on campus. It is slightly more protective of the rights of accused students and permits colleges to have more choice in how to handle investigations. What you should know: Schools may opt to use the…

Quick Tips for Spring Break 2017

It’s the wildest time of year for many college students: a break from the cold, a week long party, and meeting new people. But one interaction with a police officer could haunt you for years to come. Keep in mind these 3 quick tips: Don’t get arrested: If you are drinking, Do not carry your alcohol…

Educators & Social Media Interactions

Many of you have heard about the teacher fired for her Twitter response to a student’s  misspelling of the word tomorrow. See: http://abc6onyourside.com/news/nation-world/experts-defend-school-staffer-fired-after-correcting-students-spelling-on-twitter While the teacher’s response in the article certainly appeared to be more playful than harassing, it does highlight the inherent problem facing educators interacting with students on social media. The first rule and best rule…

Can I be punished by my college for off-campus activity?

YES.  For specifics: According to The Ohio State University’s Code of Conduct, you can be disciplined for off-campus activity if any of the below are applicable: Academic course requirement or credit bearing experiences; Example: conduct during off-campus internships, field trips, study abroad programs, or student teaching Any activity supporting pursuit of a degree; Example: research…