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Protecting the rights of students is key because most people’s first major encounter with the government is in the school setting. For students to appreciate the importance of civil liberties, it is critical that their rights be protected in school.

Students' Rights in the News

  • Dec, 29, 2020: Education Commissioner Bars School District from Punishing Children for the “Sins of the Father”
  • Dec, 15, 2020: Court Approves Settlement Restoring Equal Opportunities for Women in Brown Univ. Athletics
  • Sep, 25, 2020: Court Preliminarily Approves Settlement in Title IX Lawsuit Against Brown University

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Students' Rights Related Court Cases

2020: Cohen v. Brown University
Category: Active Case    Civil Rights    Discrimination    Gender Discrimination    Students' Rights    Women's Rights    

About this Case:
This is a motion to enforce a 1998 court judgment against Brown University for violating Title IX.  In 1996, the ACLU filed a “friend of the court” brief filed in support of a (successful) challenge to Brown University’s athletic program as sex-discriminatory in violation of Title IX.

Current Status:
Lawsuit settled in December 2020.

ACLU Cooperating Attorney:
Lynette Labinger

Supporting Documents
2020: Johnson v. Pawtucket
Category: Active Case    Civil Rights    Criminal Justice    Discrimination    Racial/Ethnic Discrimination    Police Practices    Students' Rights    Youth Rights    

About this Case:
This is a lawsuit against the City of Pawtucket over a School Resource Officer’s (SRO) unlawful handcuffing and arrest of a 13-year-old African-American middle school honors student.

Current Status:
Lawsuit filed in June 2020.

Cooperating Attorneys:
Shannah Kurland, Lynette Labinger

Supporting Documents

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