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Double secret probation for students who break rules?

Scott Robert Shaw



Turns out there is something they can do. Like at many Wisconsin universities, UW-Whitewater has seen a surge in coronavirus cases among its student population. At UW La Crosse the outbreak has been so bad they cancelled classes for a couple days, are going to virtual learning for two weeks, and ordering students to quarantine in their dorms. At Whitewater they haven’t had to take such drastic steps, and hope not to. The city council there asked the university to do something to police its students who were helping to spread the virus by having big house parties. The interim Chancellor responded, “There isn’t anything we can do.” In an about-face, Whitewater now says it will discipline students, even for their off-campus behavior, by invoking state law and UW System policy. Then doesn’t UW La Crosse have the same rights? Shouldn’t those who host house parties  crammed with students during a pandemic face some discipline? Shouldn’t police step up their patrols of campus neighborhoods?  If a student’s behavior is presenting a danger to the health of safety of others, shouldn’t a university have a right to punish them? Even if it is double secret probation?

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    September 22, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Even the thought of police going to someone’s house and telling them they can’t have more than so many people makes my skin crawl. This should not be something that is accepted in the United States. I Am Adamantly Opposed To This.

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