Students' Legal Rights
Most faculty do not realize that they are personally liable if their instructional methods or techniques deny a student any of the constitutional rights. As faculty as a public institution of higher education, your liability and your responsibility is much different than your colleagues at private institutions. Your legal liability is not determined by the University of Washington, but rather by the federal court's interpretation of constitutional law.
In particular you should be aware of legal implications associated with:
- Accusing students of academic misconduct
- Grading content versus behavior
- Students' right to due process
- Providing access to instruction for students with disabilities
- Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)