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Rez ban indicative of soph-Housing relationship?

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

The banning of a soph from Medway Hall has sparked old questions concerning the relationship between sophs and Western's Housing and Ancillary Services.

Graham Knowles, a social science soph, was banned from Medway Hall after an incident late last Saturday night when he entered the residence with a large group of students without signing in the logbook.

According to Knowles, the residence advisor gave Knowles and those accompanying him two warnings over their noise levels on the floor. The incident resulted in a writ of trespass for Knowles and a letter of warning for the in-residence soph he was visiting.

"The only incident I've heard of a soph getting banned from a residence was for throwing fire crackers in the hall," Knowles said, noting the writ of trespass he received states he is a security threat to Medway.

Knowles questioned his being a threat to the residence for noise complaints and neglecting to sign-in with the front desk. "They probably thought 'the soph' was instigating and decided to kick me out," Knowles said, adding he feels Housing is targeting him with an unjust penalty because he is a soph.

Bob Gough, assistant director for residence education and programming, said under most circumstances guests must sign in with the front desk when visiting residences. "When you have people in any leadership positions you will have people who don't respect the responsibility of the job," Gough noted, adding it is rare an upper-year student would be reprimanded in a residence.

"You'd have to do something serious or dangerous to the community," Gough added, citing reasons for banning are usually of safety concerns and banning is rare.

Gough and associate vice-president housing and ancillary services Susan Grindrod said they could not comment on the individual case concerning Knowles.

Grindrod echoed Gough, stating on cases of assault, behaviour complaints, security concerns or fire safety bans can be issued.

"The reason we have a sign-in policy for the building is for the safety of that person," Grindrod explained, noting each case is treated on an individual basis and there is no set policy in place regarding residence banning.

Grindrod refused to comment on Knowles' allegations that Housing is targeting sophs unjustly. "I'm not going to respond to allegations, obviously someone has come to our attention - we're asking this guy to not come to that residence."

RespRez ban indicative of soph-Housing relationship?onses from sophs to Knowles's allegations that Housing has been discriminating against sophs have been mixed.

"I've [personally] never had any problems," said science soph Jocelyn Tindale, adding there was a lot of co-operation between the sophs and the residence staff throughout this year's Frosh Week. "I have heard things that sophs have had problems whenever sophs come up together."

"What I understand is that there was bad blood in the past - but one of the things that are different with an affiliate is we have our own Housing and we have it pretty good," explained Matt Ninness, Huron University College head soph.



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