North Dakota Bill Would Give Accused Students a Lawyer

January 9, 2015

North Dakota legislators introduced a bill Thursday that would let accused students be represented by a lawyer in campus judicial hearings, InForum reported. The legislation would grant students in disciplinary hearings that did not involve academic misconduct the right to pay for their own representative; student organizations would have a similar right. The legislators said they were motivated in part by a high-profile 2010 case in which a student was barred from campus for three years after being accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, who was later charged with falsifying a report to law enforcement, according to InForum. The penalties against the accused student were ultimately lifted.

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