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1. The student handbook says: Students are expected to clean up after themselves and to keep their work area sanitary at all times. These duties must be completed and verified by an instructor. Failure to comply with an instructor'
s assignment/duty will result in a written reprimand. Habitual write-ups on sanitation duties will result in a suspension a/o termination. The word of an instructor in charge is final in all decisions.
2. I do not know of any other students in a similar situation, but the director of instruction did admit that as the owner inspected the desks, he found residue on all of them. Here, I'd like to add that the desks are made of stone, but are not finished with a quality seal, and we are provided with cheap cleaning agents like Windex, bleach, and incorrectly proportioned barbicide disinfectant to clean our tables with. With the desks being porous, these chemicals are obviously gradually eating at the surfaces, so cleaning them is detrimental anyway. Also, during my suspension, I told the director of education that there were new spots on my desk as of this morning when I had arrived, but since it was my desk, I was solely responsible.
3. I used "fair trial" as a metaphor, my apologies. The stated disciplinary process is "it will be the sole discretion f the instructor in charge at the time and or/owner as to what constitutes a violation." The director of education and student handbook reiterate that all disciplinary action is carried out at the discretion of whoever is in charge, or whoever has the most authority and wants to handle it, really. The owners pressure the director, and she in turn pressures her staff to penalize students as often as possible. I only meant that I was sent home without discussion and with no opportunity to defend myself directly to the owner. The director refused to discuss it further to keep herself "out of the middle." I only went to her because she was the next authority figure above my teacher and below the owner. I thought it was appropriate to address her before the owner.
I want to know if there is any recourse available to me to make them give me the hours I actually earned today. Also, are they truly allowed to run the school however they want, however unjust? I feel it is a power-trip, and I certainly dont deserve my penalty, or to have wasted useful time, energy, and resources to have made an empty trip. Thank you.
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