For two semesters straight, my clinical class of 5 plus the instructor would leave together. Every single day, my clinical instructor would ask me why I have a handicap sticker. It had gotten to the point where the whole class was annoyed, uncomfortable. and embarrassed for me. I eventually told her that I wasn’t going to explain to her why I had a placard in my car. I emailed the Dean and sat down with her and the program Director. The Dean told the director that she didn’t want to hear anything else about me being harassed about my sticker.
One month before graduation, my clinical instructor accused me of having a placard that wasn’t mine, and kicked me out of the program.
I again met with the Dean, but this time, I showed her my registration so that I could get back into the program, but she slid it across the table and refused to look it over.
On my official dismissal from the program, it says because I used a handicap sticker that wasn’t mine....Even though it was.
Is that even legal?
No, of course not. This is absurd.
There is nothing wrong with the teacher's initial question -- maybe it was just idle curiosity. But once you made it clear that you didn't want to discuss it, then she should have dropped it. Your handicap placard is an issue between you and the motor vehicle agency that gave it to you. If anybody else has a problem with your use of it, they can report you to that agency, and then the agency can take action. They could also, I suppose, report you to the police, and the police could write you a ticket if they find that you are illegally using a placard.
I have never heard of anyone taking private action like this.
You need to review your student policies handbook and challenge this dismissal. If the director and Dean are involved in dismissing you, then I'm guessing your next step is the Registrar's office. Check your handbook and do whatever it says. You may want to get an attorney involved.
Be aware that this response does not create an attorney/client relationship. I live and work in Massachusetts and may or may not know the local laws where you live. I hope people find my responses not only helpful but somewhat entertaining as well. If you rely on this as legal advice, remember the old saying, "You get what you pay for."
I agree with the prior answer. I very rarely feel this adamantly about a question on this site, but if the facts are as you state, this is a blatant violation of your rights. I would definitely contact an attorney. I know an attorney who lives and works in Michigan but is licensed in Ohio that would be perfect for this. I hope I'm allowed to do this. https://www.abdnour.com
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