SEXTING 101.

You hear about it. You generally know what it means to sext. But what are the actual consequences? Welcome class, to Sexting 101.  Minors who have a cell phone and a naked body available, please DO NOT: TAKE  SEND to other minors SEND of other minors POSSESS VIEW REQUEST You could be CHARGED with: Disseminating…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Starting Point: ADHD

School-aged children with ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder affecting between 4-12 % of school aged children. It is a deficiency of a specific neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. The ADHD brain matures at a different rate than a typical brain, resulting in a delay of 3-5 years of the frontal cortex area,…

School Dress Codes

Public schools in Ohio have a substantial amount of discretion in implementing dress codes in order to maintain a safe learning environment for students. However, this discretion is not unlimited. Courts may consider dress code policies overbroad if the restrictions imposed on students are not necessary to prevent a substantial disruption or not related to…