Let FIRE help you set up a Student Defenders group at your school. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to assist however we can, from analyzing your school’s policies, to developing a strategy to work with administrators, to sending a FIRE staff member to campus to speak with you and your peers.
Every semester, college students across the country face potential punishment, including suspension or expulsion, for alleged conduct code violations. Going through the disciplinary process can be confusing and scary, and colleges often don’t give students a fair chance to defend themselves. Students deserve to have someone guiding and looking out for them.
Student defenders do exactly that. They know their college’s policies, and can tell accused students what to expect and what their options are. They can help students prepare their cases and advocate for themselves, while watching to make sure the school’s written procedures are followed.
For a thorough analysis of due process rights on campus, consult FIRE’s Guide to Due Process and Campus Justice to learn more about the rights that students should have within campus disciplinary proceedings and warning signs that student due process rights may be at risk.
Due process and the right to a fair hearing is threatened on college campuses across America.
Student Defenders help educate fellow students on their rights during a campus disciplinary proceeding.
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What’s the difference between a student conduct process and a criminal process? FIRE has the answers.
As a law student, you have the knowledge and skills that can help protect due process for your fellow students.
We’re here to make sure students have their rights upheld.
FIRE wants to hear about your Student Defenders group. We may even be able to provide financial support.
At most colleges, students can apply for money allocated by student governments.
How to disclose your group’s finances, governance, and achievements.
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