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It's about that time -- your nest is about to get a little emptier. There are a lot of emotions that can bubble up when a child goes off to college, much of it is apprehension and fear for their wellbeing. And while you might be focusing on the physical, emotional, and financial risks (as well as that GPA), there are some legal risks to be aware of as well.

So here are a few legal thoughts to throw on that college packing list before your child heads to campus:

One of the tropes often trotted out in immigration debates is the notion that undocumented immigrants are getting services meant for citizens without paying into the system that funds those services. While this has been proven untrue (Pew Research estimates 8 million undocumented workers and their employers paid $13 billion in payroll taxes in 2010), the myth of undocumented immigrants getting a free ride in the U.S. persists.

And few forums are as ripe for this sentiment as public education. So can undocumented immigrant children attend public schools?

According to an internal Justice Department document obtained by the New York Times, the DOJ is looking for lawyers interested in working for a new project on "investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions." The Times also reports that the project will likely be run by the Trump administration's political appointees in the DOJ's front office, rather than career civil servants in the Educational Opportunities Section, and will examine and possibly sue schools over admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.

The move is unlikely to alter race-based college or university admissions policies, which the Supreme Court confirmed were constitutional last year.

A lawsuit against a county sheriff in the state of Georgia alleges that a mass drug search violated the civil rights of 900 high school students. The allegations stem from April of this year, when Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby ordered the local high school to be locked down for a drug search.

While conducting the search, in addition to using drug sniffing dogs, each student was subject to a pat down, with many students reporting rather invasive pat down searches. Despite searching every student, making matters worse for the sheriffs, no drugs were even found. Not surprisingly, the school was (less instrusively) searched by local police approximately a month earlier and no drugs were discovered; however, that search apparently was not enough to satisfy Sheriff Hobby. Notably, a similar case to this one settled in 2006 for $6,000 to $12,000 per student and involved approximately 150 students.

According to her lawsuit, Muslim student Sahna ElBanna at Union County College only took a second class taught by professor Toby Grodner because it was required to graduate. During the first class, Organization & Management in the spring semester of 2016, ElBanna, says Grodner repeatedly told students that all Muslims were terrorists. ElBanna didn't speak up at the time, fearing it would affect her grade, and she received a B-plus.

The next semester, however, ElBanna confronted Grodner during her Principals of Marketing class after again hearing derogatory comments about Muslims, and later received an F.

School safety can be a controversial subject. Although everyone agrees that safe schools are important and essential in every community, not everyone agrees on how to achieve safe schools. Zero tolerance policies began emerging in the 1980s and 90s in response to the increased efforts in the government's war on drugs, as well as part of the Gun Free Schools Act.

Over time, many schools expanded their zero tolerance policies to include other behaviors including fighting, or possessing drugs or alcohol, and even less serious offenses. After the tragic Columbine shooting in 1999, many more schools started instituting zero tolerance policies for students caught carrying weapons. However, now that there is decades of data for researchers to review and analyze, zero tolerance policies have come under the microscope.

Every now and then a law comes around banning a thing you didn't even know existed in the first place. Such is the case with New Mexico's anti-school lunch shaming statute, which bars schools in the Land of Enchantment from forcing kids to throw away food, wear specific wristbands, or complete chores if they are unable to afford a meal.

And if you were unaware that children as young as 5 or 6 needed a Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act, perhaps it's because you didn't know what some schools have been doing to shame underprivileged students.

It's a rare situation, in this day and age, that all Americans actually agree about something. However, regardless of where public opinion lies, the federal courts are being asked to decide an issue of utmost importance and significance to the public: Is there a federal, constitutional right to education? A federal lawsuit stemming from the deplorable conditions within the Detroit Public School (DPS) system is seeking to hold the state of Michigan liable for violating the constitutional right to education for the DPS students.

While it sounds rather American to have a federal constitutional right to education, none actually exists. Though you might be thinking: "But, isn't education for children free?" Or: "Doesn't the government have to educate the children?" You're probably right, but it's not the federal government, it's state and local governments that provide education.

Some people consider fights at school just kids blowing off steam, or the unfortunate, natural byproduct of throwing so many kids into a socially and emotionally charged environment. But many school fights aren't inevitable accidents, and perhaps could've been prevented with timely parental or teacher intervention.

If that doesn't happen, there are some rare cases where teachers or parents could be liable for school fights.

Last week, the Supreme Court announced that they will be taking up the case of Gavin Grimm, the high school student who has been told he can't use the boys' restroom because he is transgender. The case will be heard at some point next year, as the Court has only accepted to hear the case at this point.

When a case is appealed to the Supreme Court, one party to a case is asking the Court to review a Federal Appeals Court's decision. The Supreme Court is asked to review thousands of cases each year, and only selects about 80 to review. Although Gavin won the last appeal, the Supreme Court ordered that the appeals court's decision not go into effect until they decide to reject the case or after they decide the case.