Accused Students Could Bring Lawyers To Campus Hearings Under North Dakota Bill

January 20, 2015

By Courtney Such at The College Fix

Universities have a long history of prohibiting access to legal representation for students in disciplinary hearings, for matters as serious as sexual assault.

North Dakota would become just the second state in the nation to let students bring a lawyer when they are accused of non-academic infractions, under a bill introduced earlier this month.

The legislation is too late for one student, whose treatment at the hands of the University of North Dakota gave urgency to the cause of disciplinary reform.

SB-2150 would create a new section of state law “relating to student and student organization disciplinary proceedings at institutions under the control of the state board of higher education,” notably UND. It was referred to the Judiciary Committee...