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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.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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