My college raided my room looking for drugs (marijuana). They didn’t find any but found some bags and a scale ( which I stated I use for supplements and workout products to scale out). They convinced me that taking responsibility and coming forth admitting that I smoke but not sell that it'd be a easier process. Long story short I was kicked out of my room and was basically forced to sleep in my car on campus due to my classes and midterms being due. Now they want to expel me for the entire year which will make me lose out on loans, grants, and future applications. Zero drugs were found and I complied 100%, after telling them I have nowhere to sleep or go they told me to figure it Out..... their student handbook is very vague and I accept the responsibility bf ruining my college year and potential future is ridiculous.
Not sure I ever heard of a 'forceful signing'. No idea what that means.
If you admitted to acts that violated campus rules or state laws, you can be expelled.
I suspect your institution has a process for expulsion that includes hearings, statements, appeals etc.
You would be well advised to get an education attorney involved since it appears you have much at stake.
I have no idea - but I don't think you can sue the college under these circumstances.
I don’t see any lawsuit here. There may be a process to appeal the schools decision where you can try and use the coercion techniques to try and negate the statements you made. Telling you it would be easier to admit something does not equal “force” in my opinion.
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I recommend consulting with an attorney who practices higher education law. You stated that the student manual is vague. However, an attorney might be able to interpret the manual in a way that is helpful to you. As a general matter, though, the law affords schools a lot of discretion & power in attempting to keep the school/dorms safe.
First, I’m sorry this happened.
Second, I assume that this was a warrantless search.
Third, you will need to consult with an attorney before proceeding any further. It is unlikely that you have a cause of action if you admitted to illegal activity.
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