Volume 94, Issue 62

Friday, January 12, 2000


NEWS

USC questions voting status

Student code still debatable

Equality lacking at work for non-whites

Anti-smoking group against new warnings

Minister creates new panel

Kneel before the wisdom of the 8-ball

Corroded Disorder

Student code still debatable

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

The new year has brought with it a new episode in the history of the Code of Student Conduct as the Board of Governors Campus and Community Affairs Committee met last night for a discussion on the state of the disciplinary policy.

Jim Etherington, chair of the committee, opened the meeting by stating last night's meeting was actually a rescheduling of the Dec. 11, 2000 meeting because of snow fall. He also clarified the meeting would be strictly informational and it will not be until April 5, when a report from the Ad Hoc Senate Committee to Review the Draft of the Code of Student Conduct will be presented, that any new developments can occur.

Brian Timney, chair of the advisory committee on the code, began the informational session with a brief history of the code.

"The new code would look to address the old ad hoc procedure and replace it with specific process – actually giving students more rights," he said. "It would have two levels – one lower level dealing with department and faculty that would primarily follow the Scholastic Offences Policy and a much higher level dealing with much more serious offences."

Timney also brought up concerns voiced by students, mainly by the University Students' Council.

Following the presentation, members of the CCAC asked questions of both Timney and VP-administration Peter Mercer about the Code.

Carol McAuley-Weldon, chair of the BOG, asked Mercer if implementing the code was as a result of liability issues. Mercer answered if implemented, liability issues and the code would necessarily blend with one another.

Alan Weeden, dean of graduate studies, questioned the need for another layer of administrative process and wondered if the code could be refined to cover only the most serious of offences.

"There is currently no policy in place to help professors deal with issues such as, if there were a disruptive student in their class, so something like this code needs to address that," Timney replied.

Mercer said the code is not a response to a high incidence of bad behaviour at Western. "We are trying to illustrate and demonstrate to the public that [the university] recognizes there is a benefit to having a code like this put into place," he said.

Chris Sinal, USC VP-student affairs and chair of the Ad Hoc Senate Committee, said because this was the CCAC's first opportunity to ask questions.


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