University tightens discipline rules

first_imgThe University is to unveil plans at Congregation to tighten up regulations on drugs and attempted property damage by students.The new rules would also remove the £100 limit on Proctoral fines.The possession of drugs would be reclassified as a breach of the Code of Discipline. Additionally, any “attempt to deface or destroy property” will be seen as a violation of the Code. Previously, it was only considered a breach to actually damage property, not simply to attempt to do so.In other changes to the University’s rules system, students who break university regulations will now have the right to appeal “against decisions to suspend a student pending criminal proceedings or a University disciplinary hearing.”A representative of the University Press Office said, “The amendments before Congregation to Statute VI relating to discipline is a tidying-up exercise – the amendments are all technical changes or clarifications. These are mainly efforts to tidy up Statute XI and introduce comparatively minor changes in the light of experience.”The Press Office also said that the removal of the cap on fines would have no practical effect , as the Council has for years set fines by specific regulations.The proposed changes will be put to Congregation, the University’s supreme governing body, on the 16th June. If approved, the new rules will come into effect in October 2009.The Press Office added, “The amendments have been under discussion for several months and come forward now so that, if approved, there will be time to amend websites etcetera, before they come into force.”It is likely that all of the proposed amendments will be passed by Congregation. Peter Oppenheimer, President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, is one of the academics voting. He said they were “not changing anything that’s not already illegal.”College regulations usually include a clause about drug possession. For example, Magdalen specify, “The College will report any breach of the law to the Police.”One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, commented, “I doubt this rule change is going to do anything to stop students possessing drugs. I think most students assume it’s not allowed, anyway.”last_img read more

Republicans not in tune with our values

first_imgThe GOP added a last-minute perk to the $1.5 trillion tax reform bill which provides a multi-million-dollar windfall to real estate developers like President Trump, Trump family members, and others in his wealth class.These folks will be able to take advantage of a 20 percent “pass-through” deduction in their income taxes. One economist estimated that this provision will cost the rest of us over $400 billion over the next 10 years. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the meanwhile, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch explained there is “no money” to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which officially expired Oct. 1. CHIP is a low-cost insurance program for 9 million children of low-income families who don’t qualify for Medicaid. The annual cost of CHIP, which was originally passed with strong bipartisan support, is reported to be $14.1 billion.Lest we forget, there remains approximately one-third of the residents of Puerto Rico without power and, for some, no repairs in sight for the foreseeable future. But the story is old news and off the front page. Out of sight, out of mind.If this is getting you down, remember you can always watch President Trump savor his only legislative win in his first year as he soaks up the sun and tees it up at Mar-a-Lago for the next few weeks.What happened to the values I thought we all shared?Robert K. CorlissSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

ACC honors exchange students

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Community College board of trustees held their meeting last night where two exchange students were honored for their contributions to the school.Social distancing was in place at last night’s meeting where members and trustees were finally able to gather.ACC President, Don MacMaster, gave recognition to two exchange students who attend ACC and work as the school’s landscapers.Runi Demirkol from Turkey and Musa Kabbah from Liberia were recognized for their hard work and the beautiful flowers they have planted on campus.Also addressed was a modification to the sexual misconduct policy which now changes the process of how investigations and allegations on college campuses are handled.The board also received some sad news as their Vice President of Instruction, Deborah Bayer, announced her retirement and what she’ll miss most about the school.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Fourth annual Poker Run, Walk, Trot fundraiser kicks-off Saturday, Aug. 29Next August is child support month in Michiganlast_img read more