Volume 93, Issue 27

Tuesday, October 19, 1999


NEWS

Law school sued for discrimination

Senate prefers to refer decision

CFS and OUSA debate over status

Star deal challenged by papers across country

Newfoundland abolishes New Year's Eve last call

Singing Blues after thefts

Briefs

Bass Ackwards

Caught on Campus

Senate prefers to refer decision



By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Friday's Senate meeting may have opened a new door for measures used to penalize students for non-academic violations.

After a lengthy discussion over the manner in which four engineering students were recently penalized for vandalizing Delaware Hall with purple dye-filled balloons, student senator-at-large, Michael Lawless, suggested an ad hoc committee be implemented.

"It would be to review the process in which academic sanctions are imposed for non-academic violations," he said. Lawless added he would like the new committee to consist of five senators, one being a student.

A majority vote, however, supported a motion by Vice-chair Allen Pearson to refer the issue to the Operations/Agenda Committee.

Roma Harris, Registrar at Western, said the issue would have to be discussed by the committee before it was brought to the next meeting. She explained the Operations/Agenda Committee is a body of Senate which considers proposals of this kind. "It was an appropriate referral," she said.

Derrick Taub, VP-finance for the University Students' Council, said he believed the motion was worthy of discussion at the time and should not have been referred. "Dr. Pearson should have let Mr. Lawless explain the rationale and then let the Senate decide," he said.

Mark Kissel, VP-education for the USC, agreed the motion should have been debated on the floor. However, he said he believed it would likely make its way back to the agenda in next month's meeting.

With respect to the way the engineering students were handled and their lifted suspensions, Harris said she defended administration's actions.

She explained the students were pulled from their academic year because they admitted to systematically defacing and damaging five residences. The students were not charged, she added, for fear they would face difficulty in the working world with a criminal record. "We felt we were exercising due process with the students."

Harris added she wanted to promote positive change in dealing with incidents such as these, which embody an entire faculty.


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