On April 13, the Joint Committee on Higher Education within the Massachusetts’ Legislature held a legislative hearing. It discussed, among several other pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 706 / House Bill 632: An Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses. Though well-intentioned, this bill would only worsen the ways in which colleges and universities in Massachusetts address sexual violence. Any piece of legislation, whether it be in Massachusetts or at the federal level, which seeks to address this serious issue ought to do so in a manner that at least satisfies the following three standards. 1. Cases must be...Read More
Author: Jake Goldberg
Colorado Free Speech Bill On April 4, Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an extremely important bill into law. Senate Bill 17-062, also known as An Act Concerning The Right To Free Speech On Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, goes a long way towards restoring students’ free speech rights in Colorado’s public colleges. The bill explicitly protects students from viewpoint-discrimination and disallows the creation of free speech zones on public campuses. (3)(a)N INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION SHALL NOT LIMIT OR RESTRICT A STUDENT’S EXPRESSION IN A STUDENT FORUM, INCLUDING SUBJECTING A STUDENT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION RESULTING FROM HIS OR...Read More
Last week, on March 28, Kevin Shaw filed a lawsuit against Pierce College and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). A student at Pierce, Shaw is suing his school believing that his First Amendment rights were violated on his campus. Pierce College is one of nine schools within the LACCD, in which roughly 150,000 college students receive an education. Quite clearly, this lawsuit will have major implications regarding free speech rights on college campuses. Details of the Lawsuit As written in Shaw’s lawsuit, “The [LACCD] designates the majority of each of its nine community college campuses as...Read More
Georgia HB 51 Passed in the House On March 1, the Georgia House of Representatives passed House Bill 51. In short, HB 51 is designed to change the way postsecondary institutions in the state of Georgia investigate and adjudicate sexual assault. The bill requires postsecondary institutions which receive reports of criminal sexual assault to “promptly report such crime[s] to the campus law enforcement agency or other appropriate law enforcement agency.” HB51 also ensures that “no student shall be subject to any interim discipline, suspension, or expulsion for any violation of the postsecondary institution’s code of conduct … without being provided the opportunity of a...Read More
As I wrote last week, the Judicial Branch’s immense power of judicial review, the ability to nullify legislative and executive actions, is a continuously debated topic in American politics. Another such debate has started again, over the court’s powers regarding immigration. Just this past week, the Daily Wire reported that “a federal judge in Hawaii issued one of the most inane and insane judicial rulings in recent memory, placing a national temporary restraining order on President Trump’s revised executive order concerning refugees and immigration.” This is the second time an immigration order from President Trump has been interfered with in quick fashion...Read More
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