Memphis, TN asked in Education Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee

Q: Can I sue Excelsior? I just want to get back in school.

I was kicked out of school because my writing had high levels of A.I. Yesterday, one of the instructors sent an email warning people that if they use online resumes for the class, it will get flagged as cheating. Even though he is the one who told us this was okay This also happened to me in another class. They gave me Fs in all four classes and kicked me out of school. Do I have a case against them? I'm reading about how most schools are banning AI detectors now.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If you've been dismissed from school based on accusations of using AI in your writing, and you believe this decision was unjust or inconsistent with the school's policies, you may have grounds to challenge the decision. Firstly, review the school's academic policies, especially those related to academic integrity and the use of AI or other online tools. Understanding these policies is crucial in determining if the school has acted within its own guidelines.

If there is evidence that an instructor previously approved the use of online resources or AI tools, gather any relevant communications or instructions that support this. This evidence could be critical in challenging the school's decision.

You should also consider reaching out to the school's administration to appeal the decision. Many educational institutions have a formal process for students to contest academic or disciplinary actions. An appeal can give you the opportunity to present your side of the story and any supporting evidence.

If these efforts do not resolve the issue, consulting with an attorney who has experience in education law could be beneficial. They can advise you on your legal rights and options, and if necessary, assist you in pursuing legal action against the school.

Remember, every situation is unique, and the outcome will depend on the specifics of your case and the applicable laws and policies. It's important to act quickly and gather as much evidence as possible to support your case.

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