Haskell Indian Nations University: Denial of Hearing After Student Kicked Out of Campus Housing


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On April 8, 2020, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) student Russell Parker was golfing on his nearly-empty campus when a staff member ordered him to leave and threatened to tow his nearby car if he refused. Parker asked the administrator if he was “on some kind of power trip” and said he was “being an asshole” prior to leaving. On April 10, Parker received an “Emergency Suspension Notification” from HINU alleging that he made “threats to one or more federal employees” and requiring him to immediately vacate his university housing during a global pandemic. Suddenly homeless, yet subject to a statewide stay-at-home order, Parker asked HINU for a hearing on these allegations as soon as possible. After two weeks of the university refusing to provide the hearing, FIRE wrote to HINU, asking it to uphold Parker’s due process right to be heard as required by its institutional policies and federal law.