Federal Judge Orders UConn to Pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen $63,000 for Violating Due Process Rights of Student

Judge Michael Shea of the Federal District Court of Connecticut has ordered the University of Connecticut to pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen over $63,000 in reasonable attorney fees due to the university’s violation of a student’s due process rights in a sexual misconduct hearing. Attorney Allen sued on behalf of “John Doe” after the University… Continue reading Federal Judge Orders UConn to Pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen $63,000 for Violating Due Process Rights of Student

Suit Over Student’s Expulsion Hinges on Freedom of Speech

Private School’s Prerogative | Connecticut Law Tribune The Gunnery Incorporated (“The Gunnery”) breached its contract with a student plaintiff by arbitrarily and capriciously expelling him without following its own rules set forth in its Disciplinary System, alleges a lawsuit filed on March 11, 2020, which was responded to by the defense in a motion to dismiss… Continue reading Suit Over Student’s Expulsion Hinges on Freedom of Speech

US college students expelled for using medical marijuana in legal states are suing their schools for ‘health discrimination’

Colleges across the US are being sued by former students who were expelled after testing positive for marijuana The students say they have medical cannabis cards and live in states where the drug is legal  Medical marijuana is currently legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia  Students are caught between differing state laws,… Continue reading US college students expelled for using medical marijuana in legal states are suing their schools for ‘health discrimination’

What Happens If You Get Charged With Student Misconduct?

As a student at the university level, conduct is as important as academic excellence. While you are on your journey to becoming a professional and an adult, you may have found yourself in a situation that warrants learning more about student misconduct. Unfortunately, situations arise where a student fails to meet the ethical standards or… Continue reading What Happens If You Get Charged With Student Misconduct?

New Title IX Statistics Show Saying “No” Works

Arguments over statistics and Title IX are nothing new, but researchers rarely focus on what is effective in preventing sexual assault. Now a recent study by social scientists at Columbia University suggests an effective way to counter sexual assault on campus along with student misconduct policies and Title IX. The Columbia study shows that learning… Continue reading New Title IX Statistics Show Saying “No” Works

Victims Demand Due Process Rights in Title IX Cases

Marshall University of West Virginia has settled a lawsuit with a former freshman student who alleged that the university’s Title IX judiciary bungled her complaint of a rape that occurred in her residence hall. A witness, also in the room, corroborated the student’s account that she withdrew consent by repeatedly telling her assailant to stop.… Continue reading Victims Demand Due Process Rights in Title IX Cases

Title IX, Codes of Conduct May Conflict With First Amendment On Campus

  Colleges and universities often walk a fine line when it comes to free speech. Institutes of higher education promote themselves as places where students go to debate and refine ideas and opinions. Ideally, this creates an enriching experience for all involved. But many schools place limits on acceptable discourse in an effort to encourage… Continue reading Title IX, Codes of Conduct May Conflict With First Amendment On Campus

Eighteen State Attorneys General Oppose Due Process Protections in Title IX Proceedings That They Must Observe in Every Other Civil or Criminal Proceeding

The Attorneys General of 18 states collectively submitted an extensive 72-page comment opposing rules proposed by the Department of Education for Title IX, the federal statute prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in education.  Led by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Josh Shapiro), California (Xavier Becerra), and New Jersey (Gurbir S. Grewal), these chief legal… Continue reading Eighteen State Attorneys General Oppose Due Process Protections in Title IX Proceedings That They Must Observe in Every Other Civil or Criminal Proceeding

Graduate Student Expelled on Sexual Misconduct Sues Syracuse University for Biased Title IX Investigation

Allen Law LLC has sued Syracuse University on behalf of a graduate student following his expulsion for alleged sexual misconduct. The plaintiff, referred to anonymously as John Doe, claims the Title IX investigation was biased and that the sanctions imposed were unfair. Filed on Monday, Feb. 12, this is the fourth lawsuit alleging that SU… Continue reading Graduate Student Expelled on Sexual Misconduct Sues Syracuse University for Biased Title IX Investigation

An In-Depth Look: Title IX and the Code of Conduct at Connecticut College

Connecticut College has a unique Honor Code in which a select group of students disciplines their peers. However, a self-standing quasi-judiciary handles Title IX sexual misconduct violations under a separate system. College enrollment is just over 1,800 students. Despite this small student body, Conn College received 12 reports of rape, five of dating violence, and… Continue reading An In-Depth Look: Title IX and the Code of Conduct at Connecticut College