By Andrew Stobo Sniderman - Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 0 Comments
Dalhousie takes kinder approach if students are arrested
University offers most students their first real taste of freedom from home and family, including the freedom to do stupid and illegal things. Even good students can become drunken criminals.
This year, Dalhousie University unveiled a restorative justice program for students charged with relatively minor criminal offences. The university hopes to address crime without large fines or the prospect of a criminal record. It is Canada’s most ambitious effort by a university to get involved in criminal justice for its students. Other schools seem less keen to follow. Should universities act when students commit crimes off campus?
Fresh-faced undergraduates not infrequently find themselves teetering in a public place with open bottles of booze in front of unimpressed police ofﬁcers. It happens. Indeed, it happened to hundreds of students at Dalhousie University last year. Each received a ﬁne of $457.41. Those who were careless enough to damage property received the distinction of criminal records. Continue…