Ohio Lawmakers to Investigate How Colleges Handle Student Discipline

An investigation has found that schools are hesitant to report criminal allegations to law enforcement and that some don’t understand or comply with reporting laws.

An expose on college disciplinary boards has prompted officials in Ohio to call for greater transparency. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office will be conducting an investigation, and Sen. Sherrod Brown has called for minimum training standards.

A joint investigation by the Dispatch and Student Press Law Center of Arlington, Va., prompted the actions.  The report found that institutions of higher education often hand down light punishments for serious offenses, such as homicide and sexual assault; schools often won’t publicize their decisions on violent incidents; campus secrecy often enables students to hide their violent histories when they transfer schools; and discipline boards don’t guarantee the same rights as criminal courts.

The investigation also found that schools are hesitant to report criminal allegations to law enforcement and they don’t understand or refuse to comply with laws making certain records public.

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