During the 16th and 17th centuries, English authorities wielded the powers of a tribunal known as the Star Chamber to crush political and religious dissent. Our Founding Fathers regarded this system of justice as so grossly unfair that they crafted many of our constitutional protections precisely to avoid its abuses.
And yet, this past summer, the Department of Education issued proposed rules that would authorize, and at times require, college disciplinary procedures that are eerily similar to, and at times worse than, the very Star Chamber that our founders hoped to avoid.
On September 12, Independent Women’s Law Center (“IWLC”) filed five specific objections to the proposal, including one on the due process implications of the rule. Read IWLC’s due process comment below.