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Furey v. Temple University (E.D. Pa.) (Aug 3, 2010)

Furey v. Temple University (E.D. Pa.) (Aug 3, 2010)

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Court concludes that Facebook friendship undermines fairness of Temple University disciplinary hearing and constitutes Procedural Due Process violation.
Court concludes that Facebook friendship undermines fairness of Temple University disciplinary hearing and constitutes Procedural Due Process violation.

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conduct to maintain a safe environment. Temple Code of Conduct,

Def. Exhibit B, 2. (“Def. Ex. B”) The Code furthers this mission

by regulating academic integrity, behavior, alcohol and drug

consumption, security on campus and by maintaining disciplinary

procedures.

When an incident occurs that could be a violation of

the Code, the University Code Administrator determines whether to

charge the student with violations of the Code. After bringing

charges, the Code Administrator must provide the student charged

with a notice of the violations and with hearing information, the

identity of witnesses and a description of any evidence filed

with the charges. Def. Ex. B, 3.

The Administrator also determines the appropriate

hearing process and notifies the investigative body. In making

this determination, the Administrator considers the severity of

the potential sanction and the complexity of the factual dispute.

Def. Ex. B, 10-11.

There are five different bodies that hear charges of

violations of the code. Complex cases, or those involving the

most severe sanctions, are referred to the University

Case 2:09-cv-02474-MAM Document 167 Filed 08/03/10 Page 3 of 45

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