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May

Frivolous and Meritless: Dismissing Some Title IX Complaints

Title IX is featured in virtually every university student handbook, as well as in many faculty contracts and university policies. These policies invite complaints, and once filed, investigations ensue. Investigating Title IX complaints can cause the respondent mental distress, to...

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24

Mar

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

            In 1975, Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), formerly known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, with the goal of ensuring that students with a qualified disability are provided with a Free Appropriate Public...

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24

Feb

FACULTY PROMOTION ALERT: YOU ARE BEING GRADED ON “COLLEGIALITY”

     For most of the history of college and university promotion and tenure practices, eligible non-tenured faculty could expect that by year 6 or 7 that they would be able to apply for promotion from assistant professor to associate professor...

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19

Nov

TEACHERS’ EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS IN MISSOURI AND KANSAS

Prior to 2014, public school teachers in both Missouri and Kansas enjoyed due process protections against arbitrary suspension or dismissal from employment. That changed in Kansas in 2014 when the Legislature abolished teacher tenure and gave individual school districts the...

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28

Oct

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MEDICAL STUDENT PROFESSIONALISM APPEALS

            Medical students are certainly aware of the importance placed on professionalism in both the didactic and clinical settings.  Such professionalism violations can have a negative impact on a medical student’s chances of matching in the residency match process. For...

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23

Sep

TITLE IX MISCONDUCT HEARINGS COHEN DUNCAN LAW FIRM

NEWEST GUIDANCE REGARDING UNIVERSITY TITLE IX MISCONDUCT HEARINGS

In 2020, the federal Department of Education amended the regulations implementing Title IX, providing more procedural protections for university students facing Title IX misconduct hearings.  These new regulations established baseline procedural protections for university students named as respondents in Title...

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26

Aug

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THE ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS IN STUDENT DISMISSAL APPEALS

Every student appeal case is unique but many cases share common fact patterns and themes. The fundamental dichotomy has to do with whether the dismissal was “academic” or “disciplinary.” Dismissals described as involving ‘professionalism violations’ are a hybrid and can...

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15

Jul

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THE REGULATION OF OFF-CAMPUS PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT SPEECH

Public school students, parents, teachers, administrators and school board members are now finally informed of the rules relating to an attempt by school officials to sanction or punish off-campus student speech which school officials find offensive. On June 23, 2021...

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27

May

MEDICAL STUDENT CLERKSHIP GRADE APPEALS

MEDICAL STUDENT CLERKSHIP GRADE APPEALS

Our firm has experience in preparing medical student clerkship grade appeals of failing or “no pass” clerkship grades which have been unfairly and erroneously assigned to our clients.  These grades are obviously quite important because a failing clerkship grade can...

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15

Apr

REFERRED TO THE STUDENT PROGRESS COMMITTEE? WHEN TO GET LEGAL HELP

To students in medical school, dental school, nursing school, pharmacy school, other graduate programs: who have been referred to the Student Progress Committee. Most students do not realize the risks of appearing before a committee that has the power to...

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