... nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law ...
- The United States Constitution
For the accused, justice requires the opportunity to hear and understand the charge, cross-examine those who are making the charge, have a fair and speedy trial, and have an opportunity to repair the wrong if found guilty. - Thomas Jefferson
The Students and Administration Equality Act is a legislative initiative created for the purpose of protecting the rights of students and student organizations on college campuses.
This bipartisan bill was passed on July 26, 2013 to allow students the right to legal representation during any disciplinary procedure at all public colleges in North Carolina. Prior to this legislation, many campus administrators disallowed students the right to have legal counsel or advisors present when being interviewed by administrators for various allegations. Many students felt the investigative tactics often used by administrators were inappropriate and in some cases abusive.
As a result, North Carolina became the first state in the nation to enact legislation that allows students the ability to adequately defend themselves by guaranteeing their fundamental right to due process when interacting with college administrators by passing the Student and Administration Equality Act.
This website provides the background that led to the success of what has come to be known as the SAE Act and encourages other states to adopt similar laws that prevent violations of the very basic rights that we were all granted by the Constitution of the United States of America.
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Students and Administration Equality Act is the first successful legislative initiative of its type in the nation created for the purpose of protecting the right to due process for college students or student organizations at the public colleges or universities in North Carolina. The advocates of this effort are especially appreciative of the support it received from The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. (F.I.R.E.)
Governor McCrory Signs Bill - The SAE Act Becomes Law