By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Communications Student Assistant
Minnesota State University, Mankato has made many changes to its student disciplinary process. One of the major changes happened after the landmark case Dixon V. Alabama State Board of Education.
The 1961 case allowed the establishment of the rights of students to be given notice of the allegation and an opportunity to be heard prior to expulsion. Moreover, students are not entitled to the same degree of due process as afforded in criminal and civil actions meaning that students have a different protocol when their disciplinary action is being decided.
The University has adopted the philosophy of educational discipline that promotes personal growth and accountability. It strives for fair and consistent policies and practices. For parents this means that we want students to learn from a “teachable moment” to consider consequences of their actions before acting on impulse or acceding to peer pressure.
It is important for parents to know when and how to intervene. Intervention sends a message to your students that you don’t trust their ability to handle their own affairs. Helicopter parenting can hinder the development of independence, self-esteem, and self-confidence.
The college experience strives to provide opportunities for your students to grow in the following areas:
- Developing an identity separate from parents
- Developing interdependence and competency
- Managing emotions
- Strengthening integrity and personal accountability
- Establishing meaningful friendships and connections
To access the school’s parents’ resources CLICK HERE.