Did Concordia capitulate?
You will be delighted to know that Concordia University has a Code of Rights and Responsibilities. Were you to print it up, you would be looking at 34 pages of material that starts as follows – the Code of Rights and Responsibilities has as its grounding principles the values of civility, equity, respect, non-discrimination and an appreciation of diversity.
So let’s see... Were some students to disrupt campus life or block others from attending class, that would certainly be smashing headlong against those guiding principles of civility and respect.
During the student unrest, there were several formal complaints and the university correctly charged some 26 students for violating its code of conduct.
Now keep in mind – these are not criminal charges. No incarceration of any kind. The sanctions could include payment for damage of property, community service at the university, a written reprimand or suspension. Hardly Gitmo or the gulag.
So what does this spineless administration do? They simply drop the complaints. Basically saying. 'yeah whatever'.
Alan Shepherd, the president and vice-chancellor of Concordia said that it was time for the Concordia community to turn the page and focus on the future.
Concordia University could, of course, have focused on the future after having issued these kids at least a written reprimand. Not even that.
All students did learn a lesson. They could ignore the code of rights and responsibilities. They could vanadalize furniture without having to pay for it and they could prevent fellow students from attending class. And they could do all this with complete impunity. Never mind suspension. Not even a reprimand. The only that they didn’t get was a reward. Oh wait. They’ll be getting the reward when Premier Pauline Marois eliminates the tuition increase.
The Concordia Code of Rights and Responsibilities has been shown to be a joke. What do you think? Should Concordia have dropped the charges? Let us know and leave a comment.