|Feb. 21, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
A series of Twitter posts from a tenured Fresno State English professor about former First Lady Barbara Bush has once again sparked a national conversation about how the First Amendment applies in the university setting, and in particular, how it protects provocative university professors.
After the February 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students began to organize like rarely before to protest gun violence in schools. Protests such as school walk-outs and “die-ins” began popping up across the country as many students used social media to help organize these protests on a more widespread scale. This #NeverAgain movement shows no signs of slowing down, forcing schools to determine how they can, and whether they should, respond to such protests at their own schools.
While all educators aim to create an environment where every student thrives and flourishes, we know that there are times when a student’s actions require discipline or expulsion. Those are always difficult decisions. However, certain factors can make such decisions even more complicated, especially if serious ramifications could result. For example, what if the student is a senior and the offense has to be reported to colleges? What if you are dealing with a difficult parent? What if the student has sensitive medical issues?