A recent court ruling from the 1st Circuit involving @BostonCollege illustrates just how much discretion private universities have in crafting their own policies & disciplinary procedures, even when those procedures offend fundamental notions of justice. https://www.thefire.org/boston-college-ruling-highlights-lack-of-rights-at-private-universities/
Boston College ruling highlights lack of rights at private universities
A panel for the First Circuit reversed a decision to preliminarily enjoin Boston College from suspending a student found responsible for sexual misconduct.https://www.thefire.org/boston-college-ruling-highlights-lack-of-rights-at-private-universities/
This underscores the need for prospective students and their families to familiarize themselves with a private college’s policies and procedures **before** deciding to attend.
Too often, people don’t read these policies until they find themselves entangled in a campus judicial system, at which point it is often too late.
While an increasing number of courts have intervened in cases where a private U has failed to follow its own policies or has enforced its policies in a discriminatory manner, private Us policies are not subject to the same degree of judicial scrutiny as those at public Us.
Perhaps if private universities with unfair disciplinary policies began to see applications—or donations— drop as a result of those policies, they would take notice ...