University restructures on-campus discipline

first_imgAfter a thorough review of its disciplinary processes and procedures, the former Office of Residence Life has reinvented itself as the Office of Community Standards to better address disciplinary incidents with the goals of student development and formation.  Ryan Willerton, director of the Office of Community Standards, said the review process began in 2011 and included focus groups of students, hall staff and members of the Office of Student Affairs who analyzed the way the University implemented its disciplinary policies.  “The Office of Residence Life has looked at policies and procedures before, but doing a comprehensive review hadn’t happened in quite a while,” Willerton said. “We looked at it from the approach of a peer benchmark. … [We asked] what are they doing in conduct processes? [We looked at] everything from meeting settings to the process they use, who meets with students, what are the types of questions they ask [and] what are their policies related to meetings.” The review revealed some inconsistencies around campus in addressing disciplinary offenses, especially alcohol-related ones, Willerton said. “Under the Office of Residence Life model, if a student was leaving Reckers and they happened to get stopped by NDSP because they were stumbling and they were intoxicated out on the green right behind Reckers, an NDSP report would’ve been submitted and that report would’ve gone to our office,” he said. “If a student would’ve made it into their residence hall, and the hall staff would’ve noticed the student was intoxicated or had been drinking, the rector would’ve had the opportunity to determine whether or not that student would meet with the rector or whether or not that student would be sent to our office.” Under the Office of Community Standards’ system, a student’s first drinking offense, regardless of where it occurs, will be handled by his or her rector, Willerton said.  “The biggest change students will see is regardless of where the incident happens, whether it’s on campus, off campus, whether police were involved, hall staff were involved, building managers were involved, we’re referring those students to the same place,” he said.  Willerton said having a student’s rector handle such offenses complies with Catholic Social Teaching. “The reason it would go to their rector is it’s based on the concept of subsidiarity,” he said. “Catholic social teaching believes in handling things at the lowest level possible. In other words, who best knows our students? And we hope that [for] our students who live on campus, their rectors can have the most productive conversations with them.” The Office of Community Standards will continue to handle more serious offenses, such as drug abuse and sexual misconduct, Willerton said.  “Sexual misconduct, drugs – those are all going to be referred to our office,” he said.  “But for incidents that can be addressed by rectors, so parietals, alcohol-related incidents, community incidents within the residence halls that wouldn’t rise to the level that students may lose their on-campus housing opportunity or their status at the University, then we’d want our rectors to have that first conversation with students.” Interactions with the Office of Community Standards will involve three types of meeting settings: a meeting, a conference or a hearing, Willerton said.  To reflect the policy implementation changes, the Office of Community Standards updated its conduct reporting policy to exclude minor offenses from a student’s future record, Willerton said.  “The change is the University will only report three types of outcomes, and they’re known as disciplinary status outcomes because they’re the most serious outcomes: disciplinary probation, temporary dismissal and permanent dismissal,” he said. The Office of Community Standards will only release records of minor offenses if the student gives his or her consent, Willerton said.  Walsh Hall rector Annie Selak, who served on the committee of rectors in the review process, said the new system fits better with Notre Dame’s focus on community. “I think the changes really emphasize the community of Notre Dame,” Selak said. “They move away from a punitive approach and really focus on the development of a student. As this system rolls out, I think we will all see that this approach fits the Notre Dame community and is an improvement over the previous system.” Selak said the review process was quite thorough and students should be pleased with the results. “The Office of Community Standards went through a review process that has been commended throughout the country,” she said. “I am truly impressed at the time, energy and effort that the staff put into this process. They were thoughtful, insightful and in a word, impressive. Not only have they addressed the findings, but they have gone beyond to create a system that fits the unique community life of Notre Dame.” Willerton said the changes are in place for the benefit of the students and he hopes the new implementation policies will educate them. “It’s about developing [students] as individuals to be productive citizens when they graduate, understanding how their values are tied into their decisions and their behavior, and realizing that their values should hopefully align with our University’s values,” he said. “And that’s one of the reasons why hopefully they came to Notre Dame. So it’s part of the educational process outside the classroom.” Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

Advocates reiterate criminal investigations needed after number of children still separated rises

first_imgIf we’re fucking serious about righting the wrong done to these families by our nation, they must absolutely be reunited right here, along with other parents deported under the policy. “It’s not a difficult decision,” tweeted American Immigration Council counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick. “It’s not even a moderately tricky decision. It’s an easy decision. Right now, there are still at least 1,000 parents who are outside the United States who haven’t been able to reunite with their children who are still here. Let them in.”Nor can we back down for one second from the need for accountability. Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro has already called for the formation of either a human rights commission or a select committee to investigation abuses against families, telling Vox it’s “the right thing to do and also, in many ways, necessary for our country.” Reacting to the news of now 666 children separated under policy still without their parents, advocates continued pressing for accountability, including legal status and financial compensation for families, and prosecution of those who carried out these state-sanctioned abuses.“A criminal investigation is a critical and necessary step to ensure that such wrongs are never repeated,” Amnesty International USA researcher for refugee and migrant rights Denise Bell said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “There must be an effective investigation of, and where there is sufficient evidence, prosecution of all government officials, personnel, and contractors who are responsible for the abuses committed during this shameful period of our history—no matter their current or former level of office.”- Advertisement – Gelernt told NBC News last month that “[p]eople ask when we will find all of these families, and sadly, I can’t give an answer. I just don’t know. But we will not stop looking until we have found every one of the families, no matter how long it takes. The tragic reality is that hundreds of parents were deported to Central America without their children, who remain here with foster families or distant relatives.” – Advertisement –center_img Advocacy groups tasked by the court with reuniting separated families say that only now is the Trump administration offering assistance in reunification efforts, and only because of the intense public backlash to the reports that children kidnapped by officials during the “piloting” of family separation in 2017 continued to remain without their parents. “There have never been serious specific offers to help in concrete ways in the past,” American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt told NBC News.While President-elect Joe Biden recently committed to establishing a federal task to help reunite families, this latest NBC News report indicates that the question of where those reunifications will happen is still up in the air. “[A]ccording to two sources familiar with the incoming administration’s planning on immigration, Biden has so far not decided whether separated parents will be given the opportunity to come to the U.S. to reunite with their children and pursue claims to asylum,” the report says.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Milind Soman trolled for dating ’18-year-old’ girl

first_imgIndia’s best-known male supermodel from the 1990s, and contemporary fitness freak, Milind Soman, turned 52 on November 4.  He has been open about his relationships over the years, and nothing seemed to be different when he introduced the world to his new partner, Ankita Konwar, to the world via a post of social media.All seemed to be going well with the couple and the world till Soman’s birthday on November 4. Soman’s fans from across the world conveyed their birthday wishes to him.Also Read: Throwback to all of Milind Soman’s past girlfriendsBut matters took an ugly turn when the actor shared a “Thank You” note in response to all the wishes he had recieved. The note came with the photo of him and Konwar, while they were holidaying in Oslo.Trolls on Twitter went berserk over the age gap between the couple.Milind soman’s Gf : hey ,i’ m 18 and my bf is 50 ! Is that bad ?Friend : u just spelled Dad wrong ??#MilindSoman- deeps (@deepikaseth1) November 6, 2017 Only thing I’ve to say about #MilindSoman’s Lolita moment is Eww. Garbage men pls stop preying on women your daughter’s age. Disgusted.- Priyanka (@autumnrainwish) November 6, 2017Some reports suggest Konwar is 18-years-old, while some say she could be no older than 23. But photos on Instagram and Twitter show Soman to be head over heels in love with this girl who’s said to be an air hostess. There are also reports of the two planning to tie the knot.advertisement#AniktaKonwar ‘s boyfriend #MilindSoman is older than her father.. Real life #CheeniKum..- Pritam Walvekar (@Pritamw) November 6, 2017At 40 #MilindSoman married a 26 yr. Old French actress.At 52 he is dating an 18 yr. Old lady.This superman loves to challenge himself.????- Anurag Gupta (@Anurag_aiims) November 6, 2017Soman and Konwar’s relationship was revealed a few months ago when the actor made his relationship public by posting pictures with her on his Instagram.How did she even became an air hostess already?? She’s just 18!#MilindSoman- ? (@Older_Monk) November 6, 2017″A relationship, it’s about both the people. And I don’t consider age at all for anything – whether its relationships, fitness or health or whatever,” said Soman earlier about the age gap between him and Konwar.Milind was a heartthrob in 1990s when he started modelling and then acted in television serials and movies. His love for extreme sports, especially marathons across the world, made him win the title of Iron Man. Soman last acted in Saif Ali Khan-starrer Chef.last_img read more