Good morning, At present, we have a Regents’-level policy that authorizes the University’s legal office to “defend or arrange for the defense of students against any legal proceedings commenced against them arising from their good faith participation in official University investigations or grievance or disciplinary proceedings.” There has been discussion about removing this provision from the policy. (As a public institution, the State Risk Management Division provides a legal defense for faculty and staff employees in certain circumstances, but not for students, except in narrow circumstances involving health care instructional programs.) Several objections have been raised about removing this provision from the policy, including that its removal would make students reluctant to disclose misconduct, participate in investigations, and serve as witnesses.
We are interested in knowing if other institutions provide legal representation for students in legal proceedings related to their participation in internal investigations or disciplinary proceedings. Thanks, Pamina ___________________________________________ [cid:image001.png@01D310EC.6D4C0060] Pamina M. Deutsch University Policy and Administrative Planning Director UNM Policy Office, 114B Scholes Hall MSC05 3357 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 Tel. 505.277-2069 Web. http://policy.unm.edu<http://policy.unm.edu/>