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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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Virginia Public Schools Reinstates Two Books Despite Complaints of Pedophilia and Pornography

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Fairfax County Public Schools has reinstated two books despite complaints from parents that the literature depicted and legitimized obscene and pedophilic material. Parents confronted the school board with the graphic images contained in the books beginning in September. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced the books were restored to libraries after two committees reviewed them.

The books, “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer” have been determined by the District as helpful to the LGBTQ community. Fox News reports “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison includes long sections of a boy reminiscing about explicit experiences he had at 10 years old. “Gender Queer: A Memoir” is by Maia Kobabe and includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man.

Virginia mother and president of Parents Defending Education, Nicole Nelly, told Fox News last week, “It’s appalling that Fairfax County’s response to parental feedback is to quibble over the definition of ‘pedophilia’ and to shame and denigrate families who are concerned about this material.”

“By attempting to normalize this content – and reinstating these books under cover of darkness right before Thanksgiving break – FCPS has demonstrated that in their eyes, parental input is a bug, not a feature, in the system” added Nelly.

In an interview with Fox News, Stacy Langton, one of the mothers who first confronted the school board, says “plenty” of Democrats and liberals are also calling her to say they “don’t want their kids exposed to this in school…this is FCPS coming out and explicitly saying they are in favor of porn in schools for your children.”

FCPS, however, claims that two committees comprised of school administrators, librarians, parents, and students determined that the books did not contain pedophilia, nor did they violate regulations by including obscene material.

“The decision reaffirms FCPS’s ongoing commitment to provide diverse reading materials that reflect on our student population, allowing every child an opportunity to see themselves reflected in literary characters” said FCPS in a released statement.

“Both reviews concluded that the books were valuable in their potential to reach marginalized youth who may struggle to find relatable literary characters that reflect their personal journeys” the statement continued.

Michael Sabbeth, Colorado attorney and author of “The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk With Children About Values” says “the Board’s assertion cleverly employs a logical fallacy—a strawman argument.”

While the board’s “refutation alleges the material affirms students with ‘marginalized identities’ and acknowledges the ‘difficulties nonbinary and asexual individuals may face’, their justification ignores and fails to negate allegations of obscenity, pornography and or pedophilia” states Sabbeth.

“Ironically, the Board’s justification demeans those it alleges to support. If, for example, pedophilia is in a book, arguing it helps youngsters is morally beneath contempt. To virtuously support those individuals, the Board need do no more than advance this unambiguous message: Treat all people respectfully” Sabbeth concludes.

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