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News :: Human Rights
City Council Proposing Off-Campus Student List
22 Sep 2004
Tomorrow, Boston City Council meets to discuss a proposal that would create a list of off-campus students to share with police.
Please forward this to every Boston area student!!

Tomorrow, Boston City Council meets to discuss a proposal that would create a list of off-campus students to share with police. This infringement of our privacy and rights to live off-campus without being treated as criminals or bound to on-campus housing standards must not happen.

Please send the following scripted e-mail (or adjust accordingly) to: City.Council (at) ci.boston.ma.us

Dear City Council,

I'm writing to voice my concern about City Council's proposed University Accountability Ordinance (Docket #1243), which would create a database to track off-campus university students. This policy unfairly targets students and our privacy rights, impinging on the overwhelming majority who are diligent and well-behaved members of their communities. When students opt to sever their housing agreement to live off-campus, that entails new freedoms and accountabilities. If certain students commit crimes, they already suffer the same consequences as anybody else in the neighborhood, and that's how it should be. Though well-intentioned, the ordinance is flawed and completely unacceptable. Infringing on students' rights en masse and creating additional paperwork for our already-busy universities is not the solution to dealing with a select few rabble-rousers.

Sincerely,

If you want to go all out, please e-mail the following:

City.Council (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Michael.Ross (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Jerry.McDermott (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Mayor (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Chuck.Turner (at) ci.boston.ma.us, FelixD.Arroyo (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Paul.Scapicchio (at) ci.boston.ma.us, NDevelopment (at) ci.boston.ma.us, CivilRights (at) ci.boston.ma.us, RentalHousing (at) ci.boston.ma.us, John.Tobin (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Chuck.Turner (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Michael.F.Flaherty (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Stephen.Murphy (at) ci.boston.ma.us, FelixD.Arroyo (at) ci.boston.ma.us, James.Kelly (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Maureen.Feeney (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Charles.Yancey (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Rob.Consalvo (at) ci.boston.ma.us, MauraH (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Michael.Ross (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Jerry.McDermott (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Mayor (at) ci.boston.ma.us, PoliceGroup (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Allison.Rogers (at) ci.boston.ma.us, NewBostonians (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Paul.Holloway (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Michael.Killoran (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Denny.Ching (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Molly.Dunford (at) ci.boston.ma.us, John.Forbes (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Nikko.Mendoza (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Freda.Brasfield (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Nicole.Leo (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Kevin.McElmoyle (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Keith.Williams (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Joseph.Rull (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Jerome.Smith (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Jay.Walsh (at) ci.boston.ma.us, HumanServices (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Neighborhood (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Derric.Small (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Karine.Querido (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Michael.Kineavy (at) ci.boston.ma.us

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Re: City Council Proposing Off-Campus Student List
23 Sep 2004
Please forward this to every Boston area student and university
police agency.

Tomorrow, Boston City Council meets to discuss a
proposal that would create a list of off-campus
students to share with police. This ordinance will
ensure a student body safe and secure while living off
campus. College students living off-campus have the
right to privacy insofar as they conduct themselves as
responsible law/regulation abiding members of our community
and to be protected at a higher standard while enrolled at university.

Please send the following scripted e-mail (or adjust
accordingly) to: City.Council (at) ci.boston.ma.us or if you wish
the additional list below.




Dear City Council:

I'm writing to voice my approval concerning City Council's
proposed University Accountability Ordinance (Docket
#1243), which would create a database to track
off-campus university students. This policy is a welcome
addition to ensure the safety of students and allowing for
better joint operations between the local police, university
law enforcement and safety officers. It is my opinion that
the privacy rights, will not be impinged on
the overwhelming majority who are diligent and
well-behaved members of their communities. When
students opt to sever their housing agreement to live
off-campus, that entails new freedoms and
accountabilities unique to university students. If individuals
or groups of students commit crimes on their parent campus
, another university or college or elsewhere all members of the
of law enforcement should have access to that information
for officer safety and the safety of the public-at-large. Yes,
they already suffer the same consequences as anybody
else in the neighborhood, and that's how it should be, but
tracking repeating criminals, scofflaws in the university community
as a function is poor at best. I believe the ordinance is well-intentioned
and proper for the benefit of all bostonians and law abiding college students.
Our universities and police departments will be more efficient, cost effective and avoid
issues of liability to the city and universities. Rabble-rousers will not be able to
commit violations jumping anonymously from
one university to another putting the officers, staff and students at risk.

I approve of the city council's proposed University
accountability ordinance (docket #1243). Take due notice thereof and
govern yourself accordingly.

Sincerely,


If you want to go all out, please e-mail the
following

City.Council (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Michael.Ross (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Jerry.McDermott (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Mayor (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Chuck.Turner (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
FelixD.Arroyo (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Paul.Scapicchio (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
NDevelopment (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
CivilRights (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
RentalHousing (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
John.Tobin (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Chuck.Turner (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Michael.F.Flaherty (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Stephen.Murphy (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
FelixD.Arroyo (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
James.Kelly (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Maureen.Feeney (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Charles.Yancey (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Rob.Consalvo (at) ci.boston.ma.us, MauraH (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Michael.Ross (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Jerry.McDermott (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Mayor (at) ci.boston.ma.us, PoliceGroup (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Allison.Rogers (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
NewBostonians (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Paul.Holloway (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Michael.Killoran (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Denny.Ching (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Molly.Dunford (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
John.Forbes (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Nikko.Mendoza (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Freda.Brasfield (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Nicole.Leo (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Kevin.McElmoyle (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Keith.Williams (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Joseph.Rull (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Jerome.Smith (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Jay.Walsh (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
HumanServices (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Neighborhood (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Derric.Small (at) ci.boston.ma.us,
Karine.Querido (at) ci.boston.ma.us, Michael.Kineavy (at) ci.boston.ma.us
Re: City Council Proposing Off-Campus Student List
24 Sep 2004
Did you know that some campus police will come bail you out of jail if you get arrested by metropolitan police?

That's pretty cool.
Re: City Council Proposing Off-Campus Student List
24 Sep 2004
I'm not a student, but...

Mr. Gorman, don't you study law or political science or something?

What's this idea that people only have "rights... insofar as [something defined by totally subjective elastic clauses?

I'd also disagree with the idea that people enrolled at universities should be protected at some kind of "higher standard."

Look, we all are wary of Students, whose parents are paying them from four years of not having to get a job and so on. But the thing about Boston is that for every Student there's a student, who has saved up to fund their own education. This ordinance, on top of being pretty blatantly in violation of constitutional law, gives working-class people a direct disincentive to enrollment in colleges. And while conservatives may say, "But there's nothing for innocent people to fear...", bear in mind that power corrupts and that instant ability to monitor and "track" people will always result in some degree of injust exertion of power over those people.

There is no reason that "people who are trying to gain skills and knowledge" should be a scrutinized, at-risk category in this city. Unless, of course, the conservative viewpoint readily acknowledges that the pursuit of skills and knowledge is a suspicious act, as the knowledge undermines the conservative viewpoint and the gaining of skills undermines the mass de-skilling currently promoted by the capitalist system which funds said conservative viewpoint...

Article XVIII. A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the constitution, and a constant adherence to those of piety, justice, moderation, temperance, 12 industry, and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty, and to maintain a free government. The people ought, consequently, to have a particular attention to all those principles, in the choice of their officers and representatives: and they have a right to require of their lawgivers and magistrates, an exact and constant observance of them, in the formation and execution of the laws necessary for the good administration of the commonwealth.