Ohio State Officials Want Bystanders At Riots To Be Punished

POSTED BY: News Department
Saturday, June 7, 2003 - 08:56 PM
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Ohio State officials want to be able to suspend students who are onlookers during a riot. The new violation of “failing to disperse” is among changes to the code proposed this week by the University Senate. If approved, the change would mean students who stick around after being asked by a police officer or university official to leave could be suspended or face other disciplinary action. The current code doesn’t make clear whether bystanders can be disciplined. Professor Theresa Early worked on the proposed revision. She says there’s been little opposition from students. Early says students were concerned about infringement in their civil rights but that they were more worried about another round of riots similar to those after the Buckeye's football team beat Michigan in November.

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