Suspension Advocacy Project
Stand Up For Each Other! Chicago (SUFEO)
Stand Up for Each Other! Chicago is an initiative led by law students to addresses suspension issues in Chicago. When a student is disciplined in school, it is frequently an indication that the student may be in need of other supports and services in school. For many students from low-income backgrounds, out-of-school discipline means that they are at home alone or on the streets. The goal of the organization is to reduce the use of out of school suspensions and keep young people in school by helping youth who are being suspended for trivial reasons.
SUFEO runs a hotline that is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. five days a week. Although the law provides a right for parents to appeal suspensions, some parents and students do not know that they have that right or how to go about the process of appealing a suspension. SUFEO advocates teach parents how to communicate with administrators effectively and coach parents on their rights. Through SUFEO, law students also advocate for students and parents in the suspension appeal process.
SUFEO! Chicago is a joint project of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It was launched in October 2014 and is modeled after the Stand Up for Each Other! project that operates in New Orleans and the Suspension Representation Project in New York City.
Loyola Law student members of SUFEO! Chicago on their way to do suspension outreach to Chicago Public School students – October 2014.