College Prez. Fined $50k for Violating Student’s Due Process Rights

by College Fix Staff on February 8, 2013

The legal defense organization FIRE is celebrating a court victory this week:

A federal jury… found former Valdosta State University (VSU) President Ronald M. Zaccari personally liable for $50,000 for violating the due process rights of former student Hayden Barnes in the case of Barnes v. Zaccari. In May 2007, Zaccari expelled Barnes for peacefully protesting Zaccari’s plan to construct two parking garages on campus, calling a collage posted by Barnes on his personal Facebook page a “threatening document” and labeling Barnes a “clear and present danger” to VSU. Barnes first came to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help in October 2007.

“College administrators have been blatantly and willfully violating student rights for decades, but they have far too often dodged personal responsibility. Not so today,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff. “We hope this serves as a much-needed wake up call to college administrators that it’s time to start paying close attention to the basic rights of their students.”

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  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Excellent!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susanna-Gordon/100000211804075 Susanna Gordon

    The Obama administration has mandated that any male college student accused of violence against women – ACCUSED -is to be denied Due Process, denied the right to confront his accuser, and to be Presumed Guilty.

    Under our Constitution, someone accused of a crime is to be accorded his or her Constitutional rights, although Obama and Holder have decided otherwise.

    This will end up in the courts some day, but not before lives are ruined.