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JCU student severely injured at party

October 28th, 2010

When students enroll at John Carroll University they accept the University’s Community Standards Manual and the Student Code of Conduct.

On Sept. 6, 2010, junior John Calubaquib wasn’t thinking about the Code of Conduct. He was at a house party off campus with his friends and that night he was particularly intrigued by a drumset. Calubaquib, who has been playing drums since he was 12-years-old, asked the kid playing if he could have a turn.

“He [the kid playing] passed me the drumsticks and I hopped on for maybe a minute of playing and then the owner of the drums came down[stairs],” said Calubaquib.

The owner, also a JCU student, wasn’t happy that Calubaquib was playing his drums.

According to Calubaquib, “[the owner] said, ‘hey, kid.’ I looked right up at him and he threw a punch at me while I was wearing my glasses and then directly following the punch he went ‘don’t ever play my drumset.’”

The punch broke Calubaquib’s glasses and sent shards of broken glass into his eye. It didn’t knock him out and he said he was completely aware of what had just happened.

The boy who punched him told him he would drive him to the hospital, but Calubaquib wanted an ambulance.

“My buddy was there [and] he was like, ‘Dude, you need to call an ambulance.’ So [I was with] two of my friends, one called the ambulance while one just stuck with me throughout the whole thing,” said Calubaquib.

The University Heights police arrived at 1:35 a.m. An ambulance rushed Calubaquib to the hospital and they began running tests on him immediately.

“That Monday, I had a five hour surgery and then the day after that I had a three hour surgery because É I had a ruptured globe, which was a big thing. I had a one-inch laceration from É the bridge of my nose to my eyelid. Pieces of my cornea were missing, pieces of my iris were missing, and my vision was completely clouded,” said Calubaquib.

Sheri Crahen, dean of students, said she could not comment on student’s private records, but she did say that in general if an event happens off campus and is reported to the police, the University Heights police department would usually contact the University to report the incident.

“If a student has sustained an injury we’ll contact them to see how they’re doing and talk to them about their rights as a student,” said Crahen. “If they’re still John Carroll students, they’re still accountable to the Code of Conduct.”

The JCU student Code of Conduct states that, “Students enrolling in John Carroll University assume an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution.”

The Code goes on to describe those actions in conflict with the Code, one of which is “Lack of Respect for Others.” Part A of section two defines that lack of respect as, “physically or verbally abusing, assaulting, threatening, endangering or harassing any person.”

Calubaquib missed a week of school and work because of the injury and will continue to receive treatment.

“Now that I’m improving they don’t have to see me as much, but they still have to check in to make sure everything is OK,” said Calubaquib. “My parents come back whenever I have an appointment. They drive from Chicago.”

Calubaquib was thankful to his parents and friends during this process. He also saw a positive result.

“The positive is that I’m still positive about the whole situation. If I didn’t have support that was given, I would be the most depressed kid ever,” said Calubaquib. “I’m a stronger person because of this.”

Calubaquib and his family will be pressing charges. According to an e-mail from Calubaquib, the lawsuit has been filed and the pre-trial began on Oct. 13. “This is the beginning of a very long process,” said Calubaquib.

No one would confirm what action has been taken with the other student involved in this incident and he was unavailable for comment.