ERIC Number: ED444074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Reviewing Your Student Discipline Policy: A Project Worth the Investment.
Stoner, Edward N., II
To promote a good living/learning environment, it is important for institutions to review their student discipline processes and policies regularly. Many members of the campus community may play a part in reviewing student discipline policies, including public affairs spokespeople, faculty and staff throughout the institution, student affairs personnel, students themselves, and--last but not least--the institution's attorneys. In fact, legal counsel must be involved in reviewing disciplinary policies because students who have been sanctioned for misbehavior often bring lawsuits against institutions. Involving legal counsel in the review process can help prevent institutions from being sued in the first place and can help them prevail in lawsuits that do come before the courts. Attorneys can also help to correct common misperceptions about student discipline processes. By participating in the review process, institutional counsel can ensure that student discipline policies steer clear of criminal law references and promote living and learning environments for students. A thorough review of student discipline policies will cover specific areas, such as where the institution's rules apply, who determines whether a student broke the rules, and who decides on sanctions. It will address the role of attorneys in student discipline, as well as how to handle appeals of disciplinary sanctions. The student discipline policies that result from such a systematic review will help nurture the living/learning environment on campus, while preserving students' rights and reinforcing their responsibilities. (MKA)
Descriptors: College Students, Discipline, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Lawyers, Student Personnel Workers
United Educators, Two Wisconsin Circle, Suite 1040, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Tel: 301-907-4909; Web site: http://www.ue.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: United Educators Insurance Risk Retention Group, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD.; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.
Note: Produced with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay.