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  • STUDENT FREE SPEECH

    The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment states: “ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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