Due Process For College Students Bill In A House Committee

March 24, 2015

By Dave Thompson at Prairie Public News

A House committee is considering a bill that would allow a college student facing suspension or expulsion to have a lawyer present at the hearing.

The Senate has already passed the bill.

"It's shocking to most people that, in 2015, students don't enjoy that right, given how much is at stake when one's education is on the line," said Joseph Cohn of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). "There's a never ending list throughout the country of students expelled in hearings where they're not allowed to have lawyers actively participating on their behalf. That leads to unreliable findings and unfair procedures...