Volume 93, Issue 50

November 26, 1999


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BOG tables recommendations

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Yesterday's Board of Governors meeting put administration's authority to lay down the law for non-academic violations on hold until next month.

The Senior Operations Committee brought forth a five paragraph statement for BOG approval regarding the role administration should play in non-academic punishment. This came after sanctions were brought down against four engineering students who confessed to vandalizing school property during Orientation week.

Michael Rubinoff, undergraduate student representative on BOG, voiced concern over the statement's use of the word "discretion" when dealing with the power administration should have in these situations.

"I'm concerned with the process. Students should be aware of what circumstances will come as a result of their actions," Rubinoff said. "Under this [SOC statement] I do not think they are being made aware."

Joel Adams, also a BOG undergraduate student representative, agreed with Rubinoff and added the policies and procedures are simply not clear in the committee's recommendations.

"The university clearly has the right to sanction where it sees fit, but in this case here, it doesn't really lay procedure. It doesn't speak of the means of how the student will be punished."

But Western president Paul Davenport reminded the board why the SOC was asked to propose the statement in the first place. "Members felt that the [power of senior administration] had been challenged and that senior admin did not have the right to do what they did, based on the statements that were made concerning the [discipline of the engineering students] issue," he said.

Western's VP-administration, Peter Mercer, said the disciplinary code currently in effect expresses administration will take action as they sees fit.

Rubinoff brought up two motions following other discussion on the topic. One was to remove the last paragraph of the statement, which confirmed administration's action on the four engineering students was a legitimate exercise of its delegated authority.

Rubinoff's second motion was to table any further discussion on the subject until the SOC looks at it the information again. Both were successfully passed. "I think we should table this issue again, until we can get further clarification on the subject. It seems to be causing more confusion then clarification," he said.

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