Paternalistic socialistic over-arching gubment keeps growing in Oregon. University of Oregon can discipline students for off-campus offenses under new policy JACKSON WALKER - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON •JUNE 18, 2021
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Students’ rights group warns new policy is an ‘unconstitutional infringement on students’ basic rights’
The University of Oregon Board of Trustees has approved a resolution that increases the school’s disciplinary jurisdiction, allowing administrators to now punish students for their off-campus behavior.
Under the new resolution, approved in May, the university can refer a student for disciplinary action for any offense that was seen as having a significant impact to the university community despite where it may take place.
The prior code of conduct limited this only to actions which took place on campus or at a university-sponsored event.
University spokesperson Molly Blancett did not respond to a request for comment from The College Fix.
“The University may apply the Student conduct Code to Student behavior which occurs off-campus in which the University can demonstrate a clear and distinct interest as an academic institution regardless of where the conduct occurs and a) which causes substantial disruption to the University community or any of its members, b) which involves academic work or any University records, documents, or identifications, or c) which seriously threatens the health or safety of any person,” the resolved policy reads.
The measure was never presented to the UO senate, according to the Daily Emerald , the student newspaper.
While the official reason for the policy update is unknown, the Emerald explains that the resolution coincides with a number of disruptive parties which took place near campus.
In May, Eugene police responded to a large house party which drew noise complaints and COVID protocol concerns from neighbors. Police were able to disperse the party, but were harassed by the party-goers.
When a photo of the event went viral on Twitter, the University of Oregon’s Twitter page responded , explaining that little could be done by the administration at the time.
We are disappointed to see the photo of large gathering of young people at what appears to be an off-campus party involving UO students from over the weekend. 1/3 — University of Oregon (@uoregon) May 3, 2021