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When a college or university sets certain standards and procedures and disseminates those standards and procedures in writing to the student and faculty bodies as the official policies of the university or college, then that university or college is bound by law to follow their own "set in stone" procedures. It sounds to me like this university is not following their own policies and procedures when it came to the evaluation and grading of your doctoral dissertation. Under these circumstances you do have a right to hire a private education law attorney and pursue legal actions against the university and any professors who may be deliberately failing to follow the rules and procedures for whatever reason or another that they may have (this could very well be something personal or a personal grudge that the professor or department head has against you and you will not know what the reasoning is until someone lets you in on the reasoning regarding why they are intent on failing you in your dissertation). My suggestion here is to contact your local county bar association of attorneys and ask for a referral to some education lawyers in your area who handle disputes regarding secondary and higher education issues. The bar association should be able to give you several names of local education law specialist attorneys and you can speak with a few of them and perhaps hire the one you feel the most comfortable with. ANy lawyer you hire locally can start the process slow on your behalf and write a letter to the president of the university inquiring as to why you were not permitted to pass your dissertation and most importantly, WHY you have not received any information regarding your dissertation and WHY they have not permitted you to pass this portion of your education and move on. The lawyer can also get the state department of education involved due to violations of state and federal laws here that hold that when universities prepare and follow certain written policies and procedures then it is against the law from them to deviate from those policies and procedures that they make everyone follow from the moment you begin your education. The botXXXXX XXXXXne here is that they must have a reason and they must give you that reasoning while following their own procedures and if they do not follow their own procedures then you have the right to file a civil lawsuit against them in Flordia superior court.
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