Students and officially recognized student organizations; right to hire counsel, etc. (HB1123)

Introduced By

Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

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. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/13/2014Committee
01/13/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103671D
01/13/2014Referred to Committee on Education
01/17/2014Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/20/2014Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/30/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1123)
02/04/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Education