On Tuesday, Nov. 3, John Carroll University’s Student Union passed a bill regarding expulsion. If approved by the Dean of Students Office, the bill would require the transcript of an expelled student to state the reason behind their expulsion. This is different from the previous policy, under which expulsion was not discussed in detail.
Student Union passed the bill for two reasons. The first reason occurred on Oct. 13, when Student Union held a panel to gauge students’ opinions, the majority of students believed that cases of expulsion should be included on someone’s academic transcripts, because these policies would help and prevent sexual assault in the future.
A multitude of factors caused Student Union to discuss revising the expulsion policy. President of Student Union, Cole Hassay, explained his reasoning for improving this procedure.
Hassay said, “We believe John Carroll University has done a fairly decent job at handling sexual assault cases [in terms of expulsion] but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. We wanted to look at it and explore if there are any options that we could take to make the policies better and match what the student body feels more appropriately.”
This bill will make sure that a few lines will be added to someone’s academic transcript that explains his or her expulsion. Junior Student Union Senator Madison Chickos, a key writer of the bill, specifies the changes.
“There will be three options for the reason for expulsion,” said Chickos. “It will be academic misconduct, nonacademic misconduct and violation of the interpersonal violence policy.”
Academic misconduct includes offenses such as cheating or stealing test questions. Nonacademic misconduct involves infractions like starting a fire or extremely excessive drinking on campus. Stalking and sexual assault are examples of violations of the interpersonal violence policy.
All Student Union senators voted on this bill. It passed in Student Union but is awaiting approval by the staff of the Dean of Students Office. If they approve the bill, it will not be implemented until the next academic school year.
Despite the majority of the JCU community who support the disclosure of expulsion records, some students feel that this information could ruin someone’s future opportunities in college and thereafter. Junior Nikki Marcelin, claims that revealing the details of a student’s expulsion will cause problems for them for the rest of their life.
Marcelin asserts, “I do not agree with the new expulsion rule. Putting an expulsion on their record could prevent them from going to a different school and having a new beginning. It’s not fair to put it on their record. They might not be able to get a new opportunity somewhere else. ”
Members of Student Union believe that this bill has more benefits than disadvantages. Sophomore senator Nicholas Baker described why he supported the bill, “This bill will increase campus safety by showing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions.”
Senior class senator Daniel Mascio agrees with Baker on the intended goals of this bill, “Students will be more conscious of their actions by knowing that there could be bigger repercussions…if those actions ultimately lead to expulsion.”
John Carroll is not the first university to pass this type of bill. Universities across the country have been making expulsion more transparent to keep campuses, students and faculty safe.