$10M Suit Over Student Disciplinary Rules

March 22, 2010

Chris Avenir is suing Canada's Ryerson University in a $10 million class action over the institution's rule banning students from bringing lawyers to academic misconduct hearings where they could receive failing grades or be recommended for more severe punishment, The Toronto Star reported. Avenir fought off an attempt to expel him two years ago (but failed a portion of a course) in a much publicized dispute over a Facebook group he organized for a course in which students shared answers to various questions. Ryerson, which permits lawyers at hearings at which a student could be expelled, has denied wrongdoing.

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