Protecting Rights of Students in Higher Education

The reach of education laws doesn’t end with high school graduation. The law affords students at colleges and universities, particularly at schools that receive public financial support, many protections and guarantees akin to those they enjoyed when they were in K-12 schools.

The institutional expertise of The Education Lawyers, Jacobson & John LLP can guide families through the many issues they may face in their college years, including discrimination in admission, allegations of misconduct, and disputes over the Constitutional right to self-expression.

Expanding Access to Higher Education

College once was the exclusive preserve of the wealthy and connected. Beginning in 1945, though, when the GI Bill first subsidized college education for millions of soldiers returning from World War II, higher education has increasingly become a requirement for professional success for students of all means and backgrounds.

It also has become notoriously more expensive. Between 2005 and 2015, the average annual tuition at a public college or university in Pennsylvania jumped more than 60 percent, from $8,249 to $13,246 (measured in 2014 dollars). That makes it more important than ever for students and their parents to ensure that their school is meeting its obligations.

Colleges and Universities Have Obligations

Laws that apply to colleges and universities are usually different from those affecting free, public schools, and how they are implemented often varies from one school to the next. Additionally, because most college students legally are adults, families who have grown accustomed to certain procedures and accommodations prior to the college years may be surprised to discover that their new college student has acquired both additional rights and additional responsibilities.

If you believe that you or a student in your household is experiencing discrimination or other unfair treatment with regard to admissions, educational accommodation, housing, financial assistance, student services, athletic participation, or matters of discipline, contact our firm for a free consultation.

We can assist with:

  • Title IX discrimination claims
  • Other discrimination in matters of admission, housing, or other areas on the basis of race, age, national origin, religious affiliation, and similar criteria
  • Disputes related to freedom of expression, free exercise of religion, and other Constitutional protections
  • Allegations of honor code violations and other areas of academic discipline

Our Special Education Lawyers in Pennsylvania

Jacobson & John attorneys are available to meet with you in Doylestown, Scranton, Reading, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, PA.

The firm’s special education lawyers represent families in school districts throughout eastern Pennsylvania. The following counties represent most of our cases in the eastern part of the state, however, we can and do go beyond these counties on a case by case basis: Adams County, Berks County, Bradford County, Bucks County, Carbon County, Chester County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Delaware County, Franklin County, Juniata County, Mifflin County, Perry County, Philadelphia County, Wayne County, Wyoming County, York County.

Examples of our client’s school districts include: Abington Heights School District, Abington School District, Agora Cyber Charter School, Avon Grove School District, Bensalem Township School District, Berks County Intermediate Unit, Boyertown School District, Bristol Borough School District, Bristol Township School District, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Centennial School District, Central Bucks School District, Central Dauphin School District, Central York School District, Chester County Intermediate Unit, Coatesville Area School District, Collegium Charter School, Commonwealth Connections Academy, Council Rock School District, Crestwood School District, Cumberland Valley School District, Daniel Boone Area School District, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Derry Township School District, Downingtown Area School District, Dunmore School District, East Penn School District, Eastern Lancaster County School District, Eastern Lebanon County School District, Exeter Township School District, Fleetwood School District, Great Valley School District, Hamburg Area School District, Hatboro, Horsham School District, Haverford Township School District, Jersey Shore School District, Jim Thorpe School District, Kennett Square Consolidated School District, Keystone Central School District, Kutztown Area School District, Lakeland School District, Lebanon School District, Lower Merion School District, Lower Moreland School District, Methacton School District, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Muhlenberg School District, Nazareth Area School District, Neshaminy School District, New Hope Solebury School District, Norristown Area School District, North Penn School District, Northeastern Intermediate Unit, Northern Lehigh School District, Old Forge School District, Oley Valley School District, Olney Charter School, Owen J. Roberts School District, Oxford Area School District, PA Cyber Charter School, Palisades School District, Panther Valley School District, Parkland School District, Penn Delco School District, Pennridge School District, Pennsbury School District, People for People Charter School, Perkiomen Valley School District, Philadelphia School District (aka: School District of Philadelphia), Phoenixville Area School District, Pottstown School District, Quakertown Community School District, Radnor Township School District, Reading School District, Richland School District, Ridley School District, Saucon Valley School District, Schuylkill Valley School District, Scranton City School District, Scranton School District, Souderton Area School District, Spring-Ford Area School District, Springfield Township School District, Susquehanna Township School District, Tamaqua Area School District, Tredyffrin Easttown School District, Tulpehocken Area School District, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, Upper Darby School District, Upper Dublin School District, Upper Merion Area School District, Upper Perkiomen School District, Wallingford – Swarthmore School District, West Branch School District, West Chester Area School District, West Perry School District, West Shore School District, Wilkes-Barre School District, Wilson School District, Wissahickon School District, Wyoming Valley West School District, Wyomissing Area School District, Young Scholars Charter School.