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Boston College insists students report coronavirus-related violations

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Boston College has altered its student conduct reporting form to include COVID-19-related concerns for even minor infractions, Peter Aitken of Fox News reported Friday.

The report form is to allow the college to review cases in which students may be observed breaching the code of conduct, according to Fox News. Such violations usually include physical violence, hazing, drug and underage alcohol consumption, theft, gambling and other serious crimes.

Now, the form also includes infractions for coronavirus safety measures, such as not properly wearing a mask or social distancing, per Fox News. Additionally, some infractions can compound for the same action, such as not socially distancing and then refusing to social distance.

BC’s Student Code of Conduct states that students could be suspended or dismissed from on-campus housing. Meanwhile, off-campus students can lose their chance to apply for any future campus housing.

The college does create a tiered system for infractions, but the reporting form lists face-mask infractions as “Person was wearing the mask incorrectly and would not fix it (ie, over their nose),” according to the Fox News report.

The burden of proof and the extent to which the college will act on such reports, however, is unclear.

BC is not the only university to in taking clamp down on coronavirus-related infractions. Boston University has implemented a “hotline” for infraction reports. In its first month, the university claimed it received nearly 200 calls.

New York University has also implemented a coronavirus infraction hotline.

However, the Fox News report notes that other universities have seen some backlash for such stringent policies.

At Dartmouth College, parents started a petition that garnered hundreds of signatures demanding the restrictions to be loosened during the winter term.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Stacy Abrams: ‘No such thing as heartbeat at 6 weeks’, ‘manufactured’ for men to ‘take control of a woman’s body’

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“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams claimed during an event at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta last week. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”

As National Review reports, even her own man-hating rhetoric is antithetical to the website of Planned Parenthood which said a “very basic beating heart and circulatory system develop” during the fifth to sixth week of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood later amended its website to more closely reflect pro-abortion messaging against heartbeat laws, which ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Now the site says a “part of the embryo starts to show cardiac activity” during that time.

Abrams is running for governor in Georgia in a rematch against incumbent Governor Brian Kemp. Abrams lost to Kemp in 2018 by more than 54,000 votes. Additionally, Abrams has never concededto Kemp and has claimed the 2018 election was “stolen from Georgians.”

Abrams words were to suggest that Georgia’s heartbeat law shouldn’t be referred to as the “Fetal Heartbeat Bill.” Her reasoning? Because “that’s medically false, biologically a lie.”

When The View co-host Alyssa Farah asked Abrams “Do you think there should be any legal limits on abortion, such as the third trimester or viability?” Abrams responded: “I believe that abortion is a medical decision, not a political decision…Arbitrary politically-defined timelines are deeply problematic because they ignore the reality of medical and physiological issues.”

“Abortion is a medical decision, not a political decision … The limit should not be made by politicians who don’t understand basic biology or apparently basic morality,” she added.

Kemp is up 6.6 percentage points in RCP polling average over Abrams.

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