ERIC Number: ED038126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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"Due Process" for Junior College Students in Academic and Discipline Cases.
In this paper several court decisions relating to student rights and privileges are considered, particularly in the light of student unrest that is now extending to junior colleges. An individual's rights are guaranteed and protected by the federal Constitution which states that: no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. With regard to academic matters, the courts generally maintain a policy of non-interference, leaving such decisions to the colleges themselves. In disciplinary matters, however, the courts have often been called upon to decide whether or not a student has been deprived of his rights under the due process clause. Brief examples from court cases concerning student discipline are given. Junior colleges, the author feels, should incorporate due process procedures into the rules and regulations of the college. These should be prepared by the administration and approved by the faculty and trustees, then published in the catalog and student handbook so that every student has an opportunity to be aware of them. Some junior college administrators may feel that this approach would limit and restrict their authority although the main purpose would be to limit capricious and arbitrary power of administrators while protecting the rights and privileges of students. (BB)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Higher Education.; Florida Community Junior Coll. Inter-institutional Research Council, Gainesville.