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How About a Referendum?
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson defended the College’s new harm reduction policies such as random Safety and Security walk-throughs and increased penalties for hazing violations at an open forum in Collis Common Ground last night. Less than one-third of the chairs set up for the event were filled, and attendance consisted primarily of male, Greek-affiliated upperclassmen and only seven female students.
The new policies will take effect this Friday, and increased sanctions on organizations in violation of the policies will be enacted after a 30-day grace period that ends on Oct. 22. Organizations that violate the policies will be subject to three terms of social probation and the loss of privileges including new member recruitment, competition and travel, depending on the nature of the organization. The exact punishment will remain under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Standards and is subject to change based on individual circumstances, Johnson said at the forum.
Johnson said that the new policies have “raised the standard of care” to best practices employed by peer institutions in the Ivy League and elsewhere.
“There is what I like to call a silent majority of students who are 110 percent behind this policy,” Johnson said. “But they say it to me — they don’t necessarily say it publicly.”[Emphasis added]
If the good Dean is so confident, how about a College-wide student referendum on the issue? Let the silent majority speak — and then we’ll see how accurate Dean Johnson is in reading the mood of the student body, or how active is her, um, imagination.
Addendum: A wise ‘12 writes in:
That’s a great post you have up on Dean Johnson’s appalling performance at the forum. Some of her other quotes were just as bad:
Responding to a student who asked if the peer institutions from which the policies were derived had data to support their effectiveness, Johnson said she is “sure they do,” although an extensive data survey would be unnecessary given the predominance and widespread use of such policies.
“A lot of students have reached out to me in a number of different ways to say they’re already on board,” Johnson said.
It is hard to imagine that someone could be this deluded; there must be a purposeful effort from the highest levels to distort the Truth. I also love how they stole your idea for an amnesty program. Things must be getting desperate in Parkhurst….
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