Freemage wrote:Actually, as has been noted in this very thread, universities often try to keep their 'official' crime numbers artificially low. So the deal is, "You don't fight the expulsion, we don't call in the real cops and press charges." This is very often how things go down with large institutions--employees caught committing theft, for instance, are frequently given the option to simply quit (and thereby be ineligible for unemployment benefits) rather than draw bad publicity and spend time on sending employees to testify (which would cost the company money).
And again, that's assuming that you're correct that the university only has two ways to deal with this, rather than a broader spectrum which might include a temporary absence under some name, whether it's a suspension or even a medical leave.
So i guess the Clery Act is not thing for that very reason, you know the same thing that has Penn state in a lot of trouble right now. If Micheal wanted to press charges there is nothing the school could do about it. its going to be reported and its going to cause a black mark on Ronnie's record. Now if Micheal did not report it, yes there are things the school can do, like give Ronnie probation for a semester so he can clean up his act without getting the police involved.
Since I was talking about the school's options, not Micheal's, yes, that's correct. My point (which seems to have been lost) is this:
1: There are many, many ways this could break down.
2: One sub-set of options, which I feel would be best for the character, is that he has what amounts to a time-out, with counseling mandatory for getting back.
3: Several people have pointed out that there's a more severe set of options which entail an actual arrest; pointing those out does not, however, mean that they are advocating for those outcomes specifically. They are simply noting a reasonable and plausible chain of events in the course of normal speculation.
4: Unless someone can quote a line saying, in effect, "Ronnie SHOULD be arrested..." or, "I hope Ronnie gets a cellmate named Ben Dover," the claim that people are advocating that he be shut away from society is a strawman position.