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
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.
Lawsuit settled in December 2020.
ACLU Cooperating Attorney:
- Plaitiff's Motion to Enforce Judgment (June 2020)
- Memorandum of Law and Exhibits
- Plaintiffs' Supplemental Brief to Enforce Judgment August 2020
- Plaintiffs' Supplemental Brief to Enforce Judgment - Deposition Appendix
- Plaintiffs' Supplemental Brief to Enforce Judgment - Student Declarations Appendix
- Plaintiffs' Supplemental Brief to Enforce Judgment - Appendix 3 Misc 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.
Lawsuit filed in June 2020.
Shannah Kurland, Lynette Labinger
- The Lawsuit (June 2020)
- Letter to Pawtucket re: SRO (October 2015)
- The Claim for Damages (January 2020)