Father sues IMSA after son, 17, expelled for repeatedly cheating
February 22, 2008
BY MATT HANLEY Beacon News
The father of a 17-year-old expelled Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy student has filed suit against the Aurora school, claiming that the boy was unfairly kicked out for cheating.
According to the suit filed in Kane County Court, the student copied conclusions on a chemistry lab project, his third alleged incident of academic dishonesty.
A teacher noticed that on Dec. 7, the expelled boy and another student turned in assignments with the same language for large parts of the report.
The student admitted he took a "stress day" on the due date for the lab report and had another student dictate the report over the phone. But the suit claims the student misunderstood the instructions.
Since it was his third violation, the board expelled him as of Dec. 18, according to a letter in the court file.
The boy appealed the expulsion, but that was also denied.
The student's father filed suit this month. He says the maximum penalty should have been a five-day suspension, according to the suit.
The lawsuit asks that the student be readmitted and that the school pay $50,000 to the boy's family.
IMSA spokeswoman Brenda Buschbacher said the school stands by its discipline policy.