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2014 SESSION

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HB 1123 Students and officially recognized student organizations; right to hire counsel, etc.

Introduced by: Rick L. Morris | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Students and officially recognized student organizations; right to hire counsel and right of review of disciplinary decisions. Grants (i) any student enrolled at a public institution of higher education who is accused of a violation of the institution's rules and regulations for the conduct of students that is punishable by a suspension of more than 10 days or expulsion and (ii) any officially recognized student organization accused of a violation of the institution's rules and regulations for the conduct of students the right to hire counsel. The bill also gives such students and student organizations the right to review of the final decision of the institution in the appropriate circuit court within one year and requires the court to award successful petitioners compensatory damages, reasonable court costs, attorney fees, including expert fees, and any other relief in equity or law that the court deems appropriate, including (a) a de novo rehearing at the public institution of higher education and (b) monetary damages of not less than the cost of tuition paid by the student, or on the student's behalf, to the public institution of higher education for the semester during which the alleged violation occurred plus monetary damages of not less than the amount of any scholarship funding lost as a result of the campus discipline.


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