I was on the NEWS!!
IT WAS AN ADRENALINE RUSH!!
What do we want?!
When do we want 'em?!
I attend the University of Rhode Island and on the 13th of October the President of the University Robert L. Carothers (shown on left) approved changes that will alter - and by some accounts reduce - student rights.
Effective immediately, the changes to the University Manual give the university expanded power to conduct dorm-room searches, additional jurisdiction over off-campus infractions, allows complainants to appeal decisions and renames the judicial system the conduct system.
Now check this out, I have an inside scoop on many of these changes.
I'm a Resident Assistant (RA) on my campus and I know how difficult it can be at times when dealing with unruly residents, but I don't agree with the "expansion on dorm room searches" as the new changes allow. Basically, as an RA if I have some type of proof (towel at base of door or continuous fan use or the smell of alcohol or marijuana) it is my job to find the source of this and handle it in a manner described by my job description. The description states that RA's are to knock on the residents door and if they are visibly drinking follow the procedure for underage drinkers and if they are using illegal drugs such as marijuana I should call the police. In situations where it is obvious that there is marijuana use, I am to call the authorities before entering the room altogether.
We pay you RENT
Don't search without CONSENT
The "Expansion on dorm room searches" allows for me to use my RA resources, the master key, and enter rooms that I "feel" are suspicious. What a violation of our rights!
Our problems against "additional jurisdiction over off-campus infractions" is an even more serious issue, because this legislation allows for URI students to be penalized for events that occur off campus. So, if underage drinkers are caught in the mix of trouble off campus, the same on campus penalties will apply to them. These penalties are severe, but this is to deter alcohol related problems on campus--they are supposed to be severe!
This is an Institution
That ignores the Constitution
I don't even drink nor do I live off campus, but I do feel that it is very important for people to get up and stand up for their rights, just like Bob Marley stated it. And although none of these laws would directly effect my comfort on the University, I will take a stand to stop an infringement on students rights now and forever.