Students: Hey, Constitution applies on campus, too

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Could a new movement be developing that would restore common constitutional protections to college and university campuses across America?
A new survey suggests just that.
The poll of students by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found 85 percent of students think students accused of misconduct should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
FIRE noted that only 30 percent of top schools “guarantee this vital protection.”
Further, some 80 percent of the students surveyed think students accused of breaking the law should be allowed to have a lawyer help defend them in campus disciplinary proceedings.
But only three top colleges allow it, and while colleges claim “due process can be minimal because hearings are merely ‘educational,’” at least 84 percent of students say the processes are to provide justice and protection to students.
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