Guide to the College Discipline Process


Guide Published for College Students and Their Parents Nationwide on Title IX, Sexual Assault, Conduct Code Violations, Due Process and School Discipline Proceedings

Duffy Law, LLC, a law firm in Connecticut focusing on the representation of college students across the country, has published a comprehensive guide to help students and parents navigate the fast-changing world of Title IX, sexual assault, conduct code violations and the university disciplinary process.

Duffy Law, LLC, a law firm in Connecticut focusing on the representation of college students across the country, has published a comprehensive Guide to help students and parents navigate the fast-changing world of Title IX, sexual assault, conduct code violations and the university disciplinary process.

According to Felice Duffy, the firm’s founder, students and parents typically underestimate both the complexity of the process and the possible negative consequences of being found “responsible” for a disciplinary violation. “College students understandably think that if they simply tell their side of the story that the school will treat them fairly. Unfortunately, many schools have reacted to increased federal regulatory scrutiny and generalized social pressure in response to the serious issue of campus sexual assault by creating well-meaning but flawed disciplinary systems that create as many problems as they’re trying to solve. We wrote this guide to give students and parents the information they need to make better choices before they’re retraumatized by untrained school personnel, or hit with severe, long-term consequences such as suspension or expulsion.”

The 23-page Guide covers all phases of the common disciplinary process including investigations, hearings, findings, sanctions and appeals. It contains information gathered on a daily basis from the firm’s work representing both complainants and accused at both large and small, public and private institutions in every region of the U.S.

Attorney Felice Duffy is a pioneer in both Title IX and U.S. women’s soccer. She filed a Title IX action against the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate in 1978 to compel the funding of a women’s varsity soccer team. She then earned her Ph.D. in Sports Psychology while playing at the national club level. Duffy went on to become head coach of the Yale women’s soccer team for 10 years before going to Quinnipiac law school, where she graduated first in her class. After stints at major New York and Connecticut law firms, she served for 10 years as an Assistant Federal Prosecutor before opening Duffy Law, LLC in 2015.



New Equity Assistance Centers


Equity Assistance Centers Directors (2016-2021)

The 4 Equity Assistance Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They provide assistance in the areas of race, gender, national origin, and religion to public school districts to promote equal educational opportunities.

Region I | Region II | Region III | Region IV |

Region I

(serves Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia)
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
5272 River Road, Suite 340
Bethesda, MD 20816
Ms. Susan Shaffer, Director
PH: 301-657-7741
F: 301-657-8742


Region II

(serves Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia)
South Central Collaborative for Equity
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA/SCCE)
5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78228-1102
David Hinojosa, Director
PH: 210-444-1710
F: 210-444-1714


Region III

(serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
Great Lakes Equity Center
Indiana University
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
Dr. Seena M. Skelton
PH: 317-278-6832
F: 317-274-6864


Region IV

(serves Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
Metropolitan State University of Denver
P.O. Box 173362, Campus Box 63
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Dr. Jan Perry Evenstad, Director
PH: 303-556-6065
F: 303-556-3912



Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies

Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies highlights issues for K-12 districts to consider when bringing together a multi-disciplinary team to develop sexual misconduct policies as part of their overall response to sexual misconduct. By using this document as a guide, it will enable K-12 teams to include all the essential components of a comprehensive sexual misconduct plan. The document covers reporting options, support services for victims, definitions, confidentiality, the grievance process, and other critical areas. It also provides links to Federal government resources for those wanting further detail on a particular topic.


Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

Why teachers should embrace learning differences in boys
Upon reviewing some paperwork from the previous school year, New Hampshire middle-school teacher Jessica Lahey said she noticed she disciplined male students much more often than female students. She writes in this commentary that the traditional classroom model may not work for boys, who are statistically more likely than girls to be suspended, disciplined and diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She writes that researchers have found boys tend to thrive in a classroom environment where they can develop an end-product and participate in structured, competitive games.

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Play By The Rules – Great Free Curriculum

Play by the Rules is a promising award winning program developed by the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education to teach law to youth to develop their sense of civic responsibility and provide them with the tools they need to prevent crime, save lives and build safer communities.

The Play by the Rules program is proudly brought to you by the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education. This website is funded by the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar.

See the Connecticut site.

Free copies are available to schools. The book covers many areas often faced by Title IX Coordinators, such as:

  • What is Harassment?
  • What is Bullying and is it a Crime?
  • What are My Rights as a Student?

The curriculum is being used by School Resource Officers.


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