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If Another Student Reports Me For COVID-19 Violations, What Are My Options?

Colleges and universities across the country have created specific policies concerning COVID-19, which often require face coverings and social distancing, and include restrictions on social gatherings and off-campus visitors. In many cases, institutions have clarified that student violations of COVID-19 safety policies may result in sanctions according to the college or university code of conduct, …

DeVos Rescinds Numerous Documents Relating to the Rights of Disabled Students

On October 2nd, the Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos made yet another announcement that raised concerns among many disability advocacy groups across the United States. The Department stated it was rescinding 72 different guidance documents relating to the rights of disabled students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation …

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS AS EVIDENCE IN COLLEGE INVESTIGATIONS

A key part of a Title IX or College Conduct Code violation investigation is the gathering and presentation of evidence. Compared to previous decades, electronic evidence from digital devices and social media are now being collected and used during these investigations. Your cellphone is constantly aware of your specific location and social media posts can …

Problems With Eyewitness Identification In School Investigations

In campus investigations regarding Title IX or other college conduct code violations, eyewitness testimony is often a key type of evidence collected. People tend to give eyewitness accounts a significant amount of weight, especially if an eyewitness to a wrongdoing later identifies the accused as the person they saw committing the crime. This is problematic, …

Why Affirmative Consent On Campus is So Challenging

Now that the issue of sexual misconduct and assault on college campuses has moved squarely into the public spotlight, college officials are revamping their sexual misconduct policies and replacing the old norm of “no means no” with a new standard of “yes means yes,” otherwise known as affirmative consent.   Under these policies, any student …
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