Our policy on Protection Against Reprisal for Good Faith Disclosures 
(Whistleblower Protection) 
(III.A.4)<> does not provide 
for legal counsel or defense. Our policy only covers internal investigations. 
Similarly, other policies that mention protections against retaliation do not 
reach beyond our internal processes.


Jessica Teets
Coordinator, University Policy Office
Purdue University

[] On Behalf Of Pamina Deutsch
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 10:50 AM
To: Association of College and University Policy Administrators 
Subject: [acupa-l] Defending students in legal proceedings

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.


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

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