College Disciplinary Boards Pass Judgment In Secret, Often Impose Questionable Penalties

November 23, 2014

By Colin Binkley/Columbus Dispatch and Sara Gregory/ Student Press Law Center at The Columbus Dispatch

The University of Toledo found a student responsible for his role in the stabbing death of his roommate, but he wasn’t expelled from the school or charged criminally.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh found a student responsible for sexual assault and gave him a written reprimand, kicked him out of his dorm for a month, and ordered him not to have any minors as guests.

After Miami University found a student responsible for assaulting one woman and stealing another woman’s pizza on the southwestern Ohio campus, it placed him on probation and ordered him to write an essay.

Colleges across the country use campus disciplinary boards to pass judgment on students accused of violent crimes, including rape and assault. Sometimes, schools handle crime and punishment without ever reporting violations to police. Most cases never go to court...

Schools: University of Toledo