San Francisco Student Rights Attorneys
Fighting for Students’ Rights for Nearly 50 Years
Just like employees, students at colleges, universities, trade schools, and other educational institutions have set rights protected by state and federal laws. If an educational or financial entity violates these rights, students can take legal action and seek reimbursement for related financial losses, physical injuries, and emotional harm.
At Nichols Kaster LLP, we represent students and their families in all types of cases involving student rights violations. If an educational facility, financial institution, administrative staff member, or any other party has failed to uphold your rights, reach out to our team today to learn how we can help.
Call (877) 344-4628 or submit a secure contact form to request a complimentary consultation and case review with our San Francisco student rights attorneys.
What Rights Do Students Have?
Like all United States residents, students are protected by certain civil and constitutional rights. These rights, which are outlined in the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, among other documents, include fundamental human rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to be free from discrimination and harassment.
Additionally, students at all types of learning facilities have specific rights pertaining to their education, including:
- Equal access to education, courses, and materials
- Protection from discrimination in student housing
- Freedom of expression
- The right to learn
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Freedom from retaliation
- Due process
- Complaints filing procedures
- The right to safety on school campuses
Students also have rights when applying for, receiving, and paying both private and government-funded student loans. Financial services providers, such as lenders, may not engage in practices that violate a borrower’s rights, such as unlawful debt collection, harassment, or discrimination.
COVID-19 & Students’ Rights
Many educational facilities turned to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many continued to offer partial or full remote courses to students as restrictions eased up in certain areas. With remote learning comes new considerations for students. Educational facilities that offer partial or complete remote learning must take great care to protect the rights and opportunities of all students, including those with disabilities.
Some examples of how remote education must accommodate students include:
- Providing closed captioning on video courses for students with hearing difficulties
- Offering screen reader access for students with vision impairments
- Ensuring students have access to assistive services when needed
Some campuses that closed dining halls and student housing during the COVID-19 pandemic may also be required to reimburse students and families that had already paid for these services. You could be entitled to a partial or full refund; reach out to Nichols Kaster LLP today to learn more.
Types of Cases Our Student Rights Attorneys Handle
At Nichols Kaster LLP, our San Francisco student rights attorneys are passionate about fighting for students of all ages and backgrounds.
We have successfully represented students in cases involving the following and more:
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual assault
- Negligent security
- ADA noncompliance
- For-profit educational scams
- Discriminatory student loan practices
- Unlawful debt collection
- Lack of due process
- Unfair punishment
- False advertising and misleading by for-profit schools
- Remote learning
Our firm is well-versed in complex state and federal laws governing the rights of students in San Francisco, California, and nationwide. Whether you have a potential claim involving one of the issues listed above, or you believe your rights were violated in another way by an educational institution, financial services provider, or administrative professional, reach out to Nichols Kaster LLP today to learn how our attorneys can fight for you.
Schedule a Complimentary Case Review Today
With decades of experience and a long, proven track record of success, our attorneys have earned the recognition and respect of their peers and opponents alike. At Nichols Kaster LLP, we firmly believe in protecting the rights of all U.S. residents, including students at all types of educational facilities. We are passionate about standing up for the rights of everyday people, as well as enacting changes to unjust policies, procedures, and laws through powerful impact litigation.
Our experienced attorneys and knowledgeable staff are ready to help you with your claim. We offer compassionate, client-focused legal representation and personal attention throughout the entire process.
Contact us today at (877) 344-4628 to request a complimentary case evaluation. Hablamos español.