Oct 092015
 
 October 9, 2015  Court, Featured News, U.S., Youth & Schools

Tim Cushing writes:

The Appeals Court of Kansas has upheld a lower court’s decision finding it beyond the reach of a university to expel a student for off-campus behavior.

Beneath this logical conclusion are some not-so-pretty facts. The origin of the lawsuit is a “bad breakup” that resulted in criminal charges for the former boyfriend, Navid Yeasin.

Read more on TechDirt and then trot on over to Technology & Marketing Law Blog to read Venkat Balasubramani’s comments and analysis of the case.

Over all, and as unpleasant as Yeasin’s conduct was, it’s a good ruling if you don’t want schools over-reaching into what happens off-campus.

On the k-12 level, schools have been cut a lot of slack in that regard, as if they can show that off-campus conduct or speech has the potential to seriously disrupt what happens in school, they can discipline students for what is said or done off-campus. Some advocates believe k-12 schools are going too far in that regard, while others seem to want schools to do what parents may not be doing – monitor and clamp down on what may be inappropriate online conduct. This advocate does not like the over-reach.

 

 

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