Students Should Not Be Above the Law

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Students Should Not be above the Law The article by John Silber, former president of Boston University, argues that many college students shouldn’t be able to get away with some felonies they might have committed. Even though John Silber wasn’t a reporter for any type of newspaper or magazine, he makes a great point over a well written article. In the beginning of the article he compares two court systems that were used in the medieval time in which is a great way to start this article. With this information in mind, the reader can be able to compare the court system of today to the systems of the past. I’m not sure if he was trying to get the college students to be his primary audience, or if he was trying to inform other educators about the discipline of college students. Since John Silber had some harsh words to say about some college students, it’s obvious that he was trying to find a way to make sure that educators were aware of this problem. It was clearly stated that John Silber thought that students should have been punished for the actual crime, not just put on probation over an accusation. As John Silber said in the article, “Colleges have a right to establish judicial codes to assure civility in the classroom, on the campus, and in residences. But the administration of these codes should not give criminals sanctuary from the law.” With this thought in mind, it came to my sense that the title of this article basically summarizes to whole discussion. The title can help you come up with the idea that students shouldn’t be ignoring the law, and throughout the article are reasons why. If a student were to commit a crime on campus, the university security wouldn’t even be able to fine or imprison the student. “The penalty for criminal assault is often not much worse than being tossed out of a club”. After being given the example of the student who was still
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