Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Students: FIRE to the rescue!

In a previous post directed at students, I linked to opportunities promoting freedom and liberty with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).  The reality is that most college administrations have policies and procedures in place, and enforced, that deny students many of their constitutionally protected individual rights.  From an interesting article examing a current example of what I'm talking about, consider this:
Instead, Corlett claims, the school ordered him to appear in front of the University Conduct Committee in January 2012 and found that his essay constituted “intimidating behavior.” Corlett claims the school further violated his rights by not allowing him to present any evidence at the hearing and didn’t record the proceedings as required by school guidelines. After the hearing, the university banned him from campus for more than a year, forbidding him from taking classes until the Winter 2013 semester – and only if he showed proof he had gone through sensitivity counseling, according to an Oakland University letter dated Jan. 20, 2012 submitted with the lawsuit.
The good news is that Corlett has hired two FIRE-affiliated lawyers for his defense.  And the folks at FIRE have a tremendous record of righting these kinds of wrongs.