Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Due Process Rights Updated Again

  1. Right to sufficient-time prior (Written)notice-of/access-to the: “Charges” against the citizen; The  Law/rules/regulations alleged to be violated; The names and other identifying information of all witnesses who have provided testimony ;or other evidence; Documents/physical-evidence as to the “charges”.
  2. The right to compel personal testimony of witnesses and to have that testimony given on oath/affirmation (Allowing for criminal or civil punishment for perjury/false-swearing if such is inflicted) AND to cross-examine those witnesses.
  3. The right to a hearing before a neutral hearing examiner.
  4. The right to a written decision from that examiner.
  5. The right to appeal any such decision to a court-of-law based on the facts, the law and state and federal constitutions if a public institution is involved OR to to the highest authority in a private organization.

These were the rights given to convicted criminals facing revocation of probation/parole by Wisconsin's Department Of Corrections. I fail to understand why universities will not provide the same “Due Process” to students facing in-school disciplinary actions. (Where guilt or probable cause was found by a court-of-record, some of these rights were not given.)

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