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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Education Law for District of Columbia on

Q: My former college hasn't refunded money that they weren't supposed to take. Can I take legal action?

I withdrew from GWU in October. They took money from my private lender for the spring semester. I called in January and was told that the money was refunded. I called again on March 17th and was originally told I would have to fill out a form. I was later emailed that I wouldn't have to fill out a... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 27, 2017

You may need to file a complaint with the school immediately. If they don't respond in a satisfactory manner, you may need to sue. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for District of Columbia on

Q: "Does the ADA put an affirmative duty on public schools to provide an accommodation to a policy for a disabled student?

What notice what a parent have to give that would trigger an ADA accommodation for a public school policy

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 9, 2016

The ADA requires public schools to provide reasonable accommodations for students falling under ADA protections so long as the student/ parent properly and timely discloses a valid disability listed under the ADA. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Municipal Law for District of Columbia on

Q: Can the University Police confiscate and not return items that are not illegal?

I am currently attending a private university in the District of Columbia. The Campus Police department confiscated my pocket knife citing "weapon's law violation" and are charging me, through the university's justice system, with that charge. My question is the Police Officer cited that "Knives... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 9, 2015

Yes. That is the evidence to be used in the informal trial against you. I suggest that you hire an attorney for this. What does the student handbook say?

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