Title IX Update: Changes to Campus Sexual Misconduct Investigations

The Department of Education has issued new, interim guidelines on how colleges should handle allegations and investigations of sexual misconduct on campus. It is slightly more protective of the rights of accused students and permits colleges to have more choice in how to handle investigations. What you should know: Schools may opt to use the…

Quick Tips for Spring Break 2017

It’s the wildest time of year for many college students: a break from the cold, a week long party, and meeting new people. But one interaction with a police officer could haunt you for years to come. Keep in mind these 3 quick tips: Don’t get arrested: If you are drinking, Do not carry your alcohol…

Educators & Social Media Interactions

Many of you have heard about the teacher fired for her Twitter response to a student’s  misspelling of the word tomorrow. See: http://abc6onyourside.com/news/nation-world/experts-defend-school-staffer-fired-after-correcting-students-spelling-on-twitter While the teacher’s response in the article certainly appeared to be more playful than harassing, it does highlight the inherent problem facing educators interacting with students on social media. The first rule and best rule…

Can I be punished by my college for off-campus activity?

YES.  For specifics: According to The Ohio State University’s Code of Conduct, you can be disciplined for off-campus activity if any of the below are applicable: Academic course requirement or credit bearing experiences; Example: conduct during off-campus internships, field trips, study abroad programs, or student teaching Any activity supporting pursuit of a degree; Example: research…

Dyslexia 101

  Does your child struggle to read? Does your preschooler have trouble with common nursery rhymes, can’t learn and remember the names of the letters in the alphabet, or have a hard time recognizing common rhyming patters like cat, rat and bat? Does your kindergartener or first grader read “puppy” instead of the written “dog”…

Jenny is a surrogate!

A Surrogate Parent for Children with Disabilities, that is. Jenny Gorman Speas recently completed and passed the training to become a special education surrogate parent in the State of Ohio. In concise terms, this means Jenny can be appointed by school districts to represent and advocate for children with disabilities who are wards of the…

Who do I need? Attorney vs. Advocate 101

When do you need a special education attorney versus a parent advocate? Federal and state laws require school districts to find and identify children with disabilities. Parents can request that their child be evaluated, and schools must respond appropriately. Once children have been identified, the schools are required to determine if they are eligible for…

College Code of Conduct – Quick Qs & As

College Students Often Caught Off Guard by Code of Conduct Q: What is a college code of conduct? A: The code of conduct is a set of rules that governs student behavior on campus. This includes the regulation of academic behavior (e.g. plagiarism, cheating, academic dishonesty), as well as non-academic behavior (e.g., alcohol or drug…

HOW TO: Be A College Student With A Disability

If you were a student with a disability in elementary, middle or high school and are now in college, you’ve probably noticed a huge difference. Gone are the intervention specialists and teachers who read your IEP or 504 and kept you on track educationally, emotionally or physically. College professors expect you to manage your classes,…

HOW TO: Party (smart) Off Campus

It’s a big weekend, with football season openers, good weather, and holiday events. Read these quick tips so you can be informed before you host or attend a party! For more information on potential offenses that you could be facing, click on the links. HOSTING A PARTY OFF CAMPUS Party prep Post “No drinking under…

Drugs & Driver’s License Changes: The New Law

CHANGES TO THE LAW GO INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 Current situation: you are charged with a minor misdemeanor for possession of weed while you are at a house party off campus. The result? A mandatory 6 month minimum driver’s license suspension. But you weren’t even near a car. Senate Bill 204: No more mandatory 6 month driver’s license suspension…

A Back-to-School Checklist for Parents with Kids in SpecEd

It’s a new year, with new teachers, new classmates, and new things to learn!  To help your child get off to a good start, here’s a to-do list for parents of children in special education: 1. Organize your paperwork.   Keep a large three ring binder for each school year.  On each document, lightly pencil…