Can public school enter students in a club into a financial contract with a third part without proper notification and terms.?

Asked about 1 year ago - Cedar Rapids, IA

A person is a member of a school run group. the School enters into an agreement with a third party vendor for a camp and training. The school lets the students and parents know the cost of the camp but do not disclose the agreements or policies the school has agreed to withthe camp. The students make payment to the school who makes payment to the camp for the group as a whole.
Student is unable to attend due to medical injury and notifies school to withdrawl
School only then informs student of camps cancellation policy which was never shared with student or parents. Camp says they will not refund money.
Does student have right to refund?
Can school enter students into a financial contract with a third part without proper notification and terms.?

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  1. Thomas O. Moens

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . Interesting situation. I have not seen any agreement between you and the school, nor between the school and the training camp, so it is difficult to provide anything other than general information and observations. Your question seems to imply that there is an inherent right to cancel unless you were informed of a policy to the contrary. In most circumstances the opposite is the case: you do not have a right to cancel unless there is a policy (or law) that allows it. So essentially, unless you were informed that you had a right to cancel and receive a refund, I do not see that you have a right to do so. In addition, even if you had been informed that the policy was "no refunds," would you have refused to allow your child to sign up for the camp? Did you make any inquiries regarding a cancellation policy?

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