Saturday 15 Dec 2018

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College Students Have Right To Representation

Legislation originally sponsored by Representative John Bell of Goldsboro, which guarantees that college students have the right to an attorney present during non-academic disciplinary proceedings was signed into law by Governor McCrory as part of the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013. A story about the law from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says in part:

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill granting public university students in the state facing non-academic disciplinary charges the right to an attorney. The law, which is the first of its kind nationwide, ensures that students attending the state’s public colleges and universities possess rights similar to those already enjoyed by North Carolina’s K–12 students under state law.

Senior Vice President of the Foundation, Robert Shibley says: “Students across America are regularly tried in campus courts for serious offenses like theft, harassment, and even rape. Being labeled a felon and kicked out by your college carries serious, life-altering consequences. We are immensely gratified that the legislature and governor of North Carolina have taken this critical step in giving students a fair chance for justice.”

John Bell IV, Republican Candidate for NC House District 10

John Bell IV, Republican Candidate for NC House District 10

One Comment

  1. Bob Smith says:

    It is shocking students didn’t already have this right. Makes me proud our own representative created the first bill in the nation to protect student rights. Thank you Representative Bell!

    Reply

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