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Students From Various Schools Suspended for Violating Coronavirus Rules Seek Legal Counsel

Students From Various Schools Suspended for Violating Coronavirus Rules Seek Legal Counsel

“There’s a balance there between the individual rights of the student to have a fair process but also the health and safety of the campus”

There are cases of students being suspended for this all over the country. Some of them are pushing back.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Suspend and Protect

About a dozen students temporarily suspended or put on probation for breaking their college’s COVID-19-related public safety rules have sought legal support from civil liberties advocates. The students say they were punished for behavior on or off campus without being given an opportunity to explain their actions or defend themselves.

Andrew Miltenberg, a prominent lawyer who represents students in claims of due process violations, said he has been “informally counseling” six first-year students at Syracuse University, Notre Dame University, Elon University and other colleges who said they violated public health directives — at times accidentally — and were put on probation without a formal hearing or the chance to state their case to university officials.

The Foundation for the Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, a campus civil liberties watchdog, received six similar complaints during the weekend of Aug. 29 to 30 and has since been “inundated” with reports from students claiming they’re unfairly facing suspension, said Will Creeley, director of legal and public advocacy.

But despite how unfair students perceive swift disciplinary sanctions to be, university student conduct officials must weigh removing individual students that pose potential public health or safety risks with the need to keep others on campus safe. Martha Compton, president of the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, or ASCA, said colleges’ conduct codes typically allow officials to initiate interim disciplinary measures, such as a temporary suspension, to keep students away from campus if they pose such risks.

“There’s a balance there between the individual rights of the student to have a fair process but also the health and safety of the campus,” Compton said.

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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 5, 2020 at 1:20 am

“Sentenced To Isolation Prisons!” –

College Students Across America Are Being Subjected

To A Horrid Psychological Experiment

https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/sentenced-isolation-prisons-college-students-across-america-are-being-subjected-horrid

I don’t know about this one. I think most schools have been clear about their expectations, and, whether one believes those expectations to be reasonable or not, the students agreed to comply with them. If they did not wish to do so, they should have considered a gap year.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Anonamom. | September 5, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    The “schools” (like fish) are a charade – a parody of insanity.

    See article above.

    LibraryGryffon in reply to Anonamom. | September 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    From that article at ZeroHedge, it seems some schools changed the rules after people were financially committed. And many of those rules are such that if a prison adopted them, they’d be facing legal action for cruel and inhumane treatment of the inmates.

    If a student is living off-campus but in the campus town, and has all of their classes online, why should they have to worry about being expelled if they go outside without a mask? How are they endangering their fellow students? Why can roommates be fine in their room, but have to sit at separate tables in the dining hall?

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