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  • What can be done if a college's financial aid office gave me false information and it cause me to lose a scholarship?

    I'm a student at UALR and had the Academic Challenge Scholarship. One of the requirements is 30 hours at the end of two semesters, but I didn't understand how the semesters were supposed to be broken up hour-wise. I went to the financial aid offic...

    Todd’s Answer

    Unless you have the statement from the financial aid office in writing or an affidavit from the official admitting to the error, there is little you can do outside of following any appeals procedure your scholarship has.

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  • Do I need a civil attorney?

    My identity was stolen by the community college after I applied for financial aid. I have documents proving financial aid fraud.

    Todd’s Answer

    Yes a lawyer would help, but more importantly you need to gather every document you have proving your claim and organize it for that lawyer. I can't help but wonder how an institution "steals" the identity of an individual. Are you claiming that the college is making purchases claiming to be you?

    Good luck.

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  • I went to school for 2 years and never received my diploma who can I talk to about suing the school.I went to?

    I went to Lincoln college of technology for two years and I graduated but never received my diploma or state test its been going on two years since I finished school but at that time the school closed down a week after I graduated I have tried to ...

    Todd’s Answer

    You need to gather all of your correspondence with the school and see an attorney. Likely you will have to spend more money to get anywhere with your pursuit of this school since it is likely the college went bankrupt and is not collectible. So sorry to be the bearer of bad news

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  • Need help to remove an instructor at the university of Maryland Linda Beach

    I am having a terrible time turning in my college papers I’m 6 hours ahead of the university because I’m in Germany so my paper is turned in on time before 0559 (am) ECT when I send it at 11:59 am German ET. Therefore my work is considered late an...

    Todd’s Answer

    Attorney Popovich is right.

    You have not stated anything that gives you a right to sue or "get rid of a teacher." You would need to identify some responsibility the teacher has to the university, or has to its students that has not been fulfilled. WIthout this you have little to about which complain.

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  • X tells kids what to do while at my house (50-50 custody), if they dont do as he says, he punishes them

    He tries to control what they do, when at my house. If they dont comply, then they will be punished at his next visitation. This underminds my parenting. Is this grounds for contempt? he actually texts them and tells them what to do, what medicati...

    Todd’s Answer

    As the other lawyers have advised you really ought to speak with an attorney. Additionally you ought to keep a journal of how often this occurs and specifically what happens. What "things" how does he check on them? How old are the children? Have you addressed these concerns with him? What was his response?

    All of these will factor into what a court may do. At a bare minimum you want to be able to establish that you tried to address this with him before going to court. In fact, your parenting plan may actually require that from you. So again as others suggested, read your decree and shared parenting plan.

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  • If say a dean or teacher ask you a question can you please the fith

    Just common nolage

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague, but am puzzled why someone would approach a group of professionals with such a vague, poorly worded question and expect useful advice. In order, you should:

    1) Learn, at the very least, the appropriate slang term; it is "plead the 5th" not "please". Also do yourself a favor and actually read the whole U.S. Constitution 5th Amendment and understand what it means.

    2) Spell check your question; the word is "knowledge", not "nolage".

    The attorneys giving their time to this site went to university for a minimum of 7 years. Try and treat their work and skill set with a little more respect by giving your question more thought.

    Again if you are facing a serious charge, hire a lawyer.

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  • I was verbally assaulted with racial overtones by an employee of the school that I attend for Nursing. Do I have a case?

    After the incident I met with Dean of Nursing, my student advisor, and the owner of the school. The owner of the school was very apologetic and assured me that the employee would be terminated. When coming to the school on a different day to han...

    Todd’s Answer

    The above question doesn't really contain enough information from which one can give any guidance. What exactly is a "Verbal assault"? Does it mean a veiled threat to do physical harm? Harm to one's reputation, or grades?

    One also wonders whether anything in the meeting between the student and the "owner of the school" was reduced to writing. If not, then there is little recourse for this student.

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  • My son was expelled from middle school today for writing on a wall, "I want to blow up this school." He is a 12 year old boy who

    Made a really stupid choice. He is very good hearted and would never hurt anyone but had been pushed to the limit by a teacher that has it out for him. The principal even said that he was the last kid she would have ever suspected of doing this. W...

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. Moreover this parent should immediately explore whether the child has some diagnosis which explains the impulsive behavior and the child's failure to think through the consequences of his actions, and put the school on notice of the same. What may be occurring is a manifestation of a previously unidentified educational disability

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  • School district

    My wife and I live in one town but the school district of the town next to us is more convenient and preferable. We called and they said they are not accepting non resident students right now. My wife and I were thinking of renting a cheap apart...

    Todd’s Answer

    The parent here would be wise to be acquainted with how the state and district define "resident" and comply with that definition. Anything else would be fraud which no professional here could support.

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  • My 8 year old daughter was strangled by 2 boys in her class at recess. School is not guaranteeing suspension. What should I do?

    It was unprovoked. One came from behind, said Im gonna take you down and strangled her from behind while putting his knee in her back and pulling her head back and down. She cried and choked and gagged. The boys took turns doing this and even did ...

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Popovich 100%.

    Please, do write to put the district on notice that you consider this a bullying incident and do try to get other parents to join you.

    It is difficult as a victim to appreciate procedural rights for the accused. However, having represented parents on either side of these issues I can tell you that due process for the accused is a valuable tool that no parent wants to see extinguished. One never knows when they will be the accused rather than the accuser.

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