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Would dispatching this letter be unwise, legally?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by zahc, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. zahc

    zahc Senior Member

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    I'm thinking of shooting this off to the campus police department, student life, possibly even the dean. I don't want to shoot myself in the foot though. It pretty much explains my situation.

     
  2. rick_reno

    rick_reno member

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    It might not be a good idea. The letter clearly states you're capable of time travel, given tomorrow is June 30th. Time travel is something you might want to keep under the covers for a few more years.
     
  3. zahc

    zahc Senior Member

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    It's 3:00am June 30th here.
     
  4. Strings

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    you're asking for a clarification of rules. Don't see a problem with it. DId you get the names/badge numbers of the campus officers?
     
  5. KriegHund

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    Although it could potentially cause some irratation, perhaps, but i see not a problem.

    Send it and hope for the best.
     
  6. Powderman

    Powderman Senior Member

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    Seems like there's more to this than just the letter. In effect, you were trespassed off the campus grounds.

    What happened?
     
  7. GT

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    Yes, why are you only allowed on campus at certain times if you hold a research position?
    Does this apply to all students and faculty?
    Are you being singled out for some unstated reason?
    Have any other people been given a curfew?
    Have any other people been searched by the police?

    I seme to recall a previous post where you were on campus late at night and somebody reported you...

    here it is:

    http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=141882

    Does the current issue have anything to do with this?

    If you have nothing to hide and are seriously the unfortunate recipient of undue attention from "the man" (as I am sure you are) then go ahead send the letter. It is pretty innocuous on its face.

    G
     
  8. Model520Fan

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    Legal advice is usually best sought from lawyers.
     
  9. bogie

    bogie Senior Member

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    So, what exactly WERE you doing when the cops showed up?
     
  10. iiibdsiil

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    Just tell them that you know the campus is a gun free zone, and thus criminals will not bring weapons onto the grounds, therefore you are just trying to jog in a safe area. Hahahaha.
     
  11. WT

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    You did not say at what time the campus police detained you. Were you in the dorm areas?

    The letter does not fully describe what happened to you. It is unclear what the circumstances were.
     
  12. MechAg94

    MechAg94 Senior Member

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    Is this a private university? Why would a public university's property be private property? They have their own police force.
     
  13. TheGoodLife

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    seems reasonable to me

    Your letter seems reasonable to me. You are trying to understand why the campus police did what they did to you.

    What is 'wrong' or 'illegal' about that?

    If you send the letter, you ought to be prepared for possible harassment from the campus police and possibly the administration. I would be prepared to document everything that happens after sending the letter, such as getting any officers' badge numbers who might approach you later on, etc

    What school are you talking about?
     
  14. pythonguy

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    This is a little like doing something to test the boundries of how far you can go. Is it so difficult to understand that certain areas need to maintain security and THEY don't know if you are Mister Rogers or Mister Hyde? As I've stated previously, if someone was creeping around your house at night, innocent as they may be, you'd be locked and loaded wondering what to YELL before pulling the trigger! The campus police are there to protect the students and faculty, they can't read minds and don't know if you are the "Boston Strangler" or not, USE YOR COMMON SENSE for Christs sake. :cuss:
     
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  15. peacefuljeffrey

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    Pythonguy,
    If what you say is true, about how the campus police need to maintain this strict security and can't trust him because they don't know if he's friend or foe, why would that not go for everyone?

    -Jeffrey
     
  16. pythonguy

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    Well Jeffery,

    Good question, how do you know they don't go for everyone in that same situation? And don't forget we are only getting one side of the story here, and are lending it a very sympathetic ear. Were we to hear another side such might not be the case, and personally, if it were my daughter's dorm room that someone was lurking about (yes lurking), with windows open, I'd want a thorough check of the fellow. And if it was me in that situation, I'd understand and cooperate, its just common sense.
     
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  17. TheGoodLife

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    where does it stop?

    To Pythonguy,

    I agree with you to a point.

    But pretty soon this vague notion of

    will be applied so arbitrarily we won't be allowed out of our houses after 9pm.
    Yeah, it will get to that if these things keep going as they are. Our country is becoming a police state, no doubt about it.

    I read through zahc's earlier post here:

    http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=141882

    I don't understand why the campus police can't just ask someone to move out of the area and be done with it. They have to question him and then search him, for what?

    This is the 'you must be guilty of something' until 'we decide you are innocent' scenario.

    I think it is getting out of hand and is becoming abusive.

    There is nothing wrong with sending a letter to clarify what the rules are for the campus police and for those who are using the campus during off hours.
     
  18. zahc

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    Riding my bicycle, on the road. At no time did my bike leave the roadway or my feet touch the ground, until the police rolled up. This is on a road through campus.

    There is no way I'm going running/riding between 8 and 5, it's just too hot. I live off campus, but about 30 feet from it.
     
  19. TheGoodLife

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    what school?

    Zahc,

    Why can't you mention the school this is happening at?

    Maybe there are others.
     
  20. zahc

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    I didn't see the importance.

    It's a private college I gather. They have an actual campus police station and actual campus police, power to arrest, guns, etc. Very bored campus police, it would seem.
     
  21. raz-0

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    Schools have codes of conduct. If you are a student, you are entitled to be there unless it's a dorm (i.e. a gated dorm "compund" might be off limits after a certain hour to all but residents and housing/security staff).

    If you have restraining ordes, or are under some sort of administrative probation because of something you did, don't aggravate the situation.

    If this is truly random harrassment, or the appearance thereof, I'd politely contact the president's office or your school's equivalent to find out what policy justifies this behavior and where it is made available to the student population. They have legal requirements regarding notification and posting of policies. I wouldn't go to the police directly unless your school has an actual police department with a chief, in which case you might be able to make an appointment with the chief. If they are jerks to begin with, pushing their buttons to make them justify themselves isn't a good plan. If their behavior is out of line, there are less antagonistic channels to go through that will help you CYA a bit more. That's the president's office (or provost, or whatever your school calls the head office). Be polite and be calm, and you should be able to at least get some sort of explanation.

    If they don't give you a sound answer, you might want to get legal advice about what you can do to sort this out. If your school has a law school attached, you can usually get legal aid there, and they often have a vested interest in sorting out school policies (i.e. student hearings regarding behavior).

    If there is real policy in place, I suggest you do your runnning 30 feet thataway and stay out of the areas you get in trouble in. There is a difference between a public place, and a place of public accomodation. People should note that BOTH types of things can indeed be closed. Even if there is a real policy in place be sure to find out what the proper procedure to deal with an infraction is and see if your treatment is out of line. If it is, you can lodge a complaint either regarding code of conduct for faculty or staff, or bring it up with the student government and rouse some rabble. If those two things sound too cumbersome, then you are going to have to get a real lawyer and operate outside the schools internal administrative structure.
     
  22. Harry Tuttle

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    i used to live in a college town and biked the campus at night.

    i learned not to stop for the man.
     
  23. jnojr

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    I do not believe campus police randomly stop people and inform them that they may only be on campus at certain times. There's a good bit of this story that we aren't hearing.
     
  24. 308win

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    +1 There's some history here that isn't being shared.
     
  25. Walt Sherrill

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    Has there been a problem, on this campus, with assaults, etc.? That might make campus police a little edgy....
     

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