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North Dakota Bill Would Allow Students An Attorney For Disciplinary Hearings

Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, passes out amendments during a Senat Appropriations Committee meeting at the Capitol in Bis
Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, passes out amendments during a Senat Appropriations Committee meeting at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., on Thursday, April 5, 2007. The committee agreed to set aside 42 million dollars for state prison improvements. Holmberg, the committee chairman, said the action clears the way for talks with the state House on the issue. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota legislators introduced a bill Thursday that would grant university students and student organizations the right to be represented by an attorney during university disciplinary proceedings.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, would grant students the right to be represented by an attorney or non-attorney advocate at the student's expense. The right would not extend to hearings regarding allegations of academic dishonesty.

Student organizations would also have the right to an attorney or advocate.

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