On Monday CSU officials suspended the five students who were
arrested for this weekend’s riots.
These students were in breach of the university’s zero-tolerance
riot policy, which prohibits the violation of a state law and
university ordinance against student involvement in riots.
Disciplinary actions will be issued before the students go through
the judicial process.
We feel the students should not be suspended until they are
proven guilty of the crimes because the students pose no threat on
campus, as their crimes do not involve assault toward other people.
However, their charges are legitimate and these students did make a
mistake by being at the riot.
These students should face disciplinary action, but only after
they are proven guilty. The university is correct in showing the
community it disapproves of these students’ behavior, but there are
ways to illustrate control and reassure the community without
taking away the individual rights of students.
A more proper response would be to inform the community that
disciplinary actions will be taken toward these individual students
after their convictions. Other possibilities would include more
patrol of areas around campus and harder crackdowns on parties and
partygoers exhibiting disorderly behavior.
We agree with the university’s decision to discipline these
students, but it would be more appropriate after the students’
criminal hearings and the final rulings on the situation.